Monday, August 17, 2015

AZ US Senator John McCain Press Releases

Aug 06 2015
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released the following statement on the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement today that it is postponing the roundup of horses from the Mesa Ranger District on the Tonto National Forest, after Senators McCain, Flake, and other Arizona leaders requested they delay this action yesterday.
“Today’s decision by the Forest Service is a step in the right direction, but the agency must now engage with the growing number of Arizonans who are deeply concerned about this issue, and respond to the questions we asked in our letter yesterday,” said Senators McCain and Flake.
The letter that Senators McCain and Flake sent to the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Agriculture is attached and online here.

Aug 05 2015
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Act of 2015, legislation that would increase civilian national service opportunities and put America’s youth and returning veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. The legislation would enable certain federal departments and land management agencies to more effectively work with youth service organizations to carry out their important missions, and it would do this in a cost-efficient way without creating any new federal spending of taxpayer dollars.

Aug 05 2015
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement President Obama’s remarks on the Iran nuclear agreement at American University in Washington, DC:
“President Obama's speech today is just another example of his reliance on endless strawmen to divert attention from his failed policies. It is particularly galling to hear the President try to defend his nuclear agreement with Iran by claiming that its critics also supported the war in Iraq. Having presided over the collapse of our hard-won gains in Iraq, the rise of the most threatening terrorist army in the world, the most devastating civil war and humanitarian catastrophe in generations in Syria, the spread of conflict and radicalism across the Middle East and much of Africa, a failed reset with Russia, and escalating cyber attacks and other acts of aggression for which our adversaries pay no price, the President should not throw stones from his glass house.

Aug 05 2015
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, legislation that would make permanent the three-year pilot program for the Choice Card, which was established under the Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act to enable veterans who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or cannot access care in a reasonable timeframe. Senator McCain also released the following statement on the bill’s introduction:
“Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act being signed into law – a bipartisan bill that I am proud to have sponsored that begins to address the grave scandal of denied and delayed care of our nation’s veterans, which began in Phoenix before spreading nationwide. In the wake of the scandal, I hosted a town hall where the families of some of those veterans recounted the unanswered phone calls and ignored messages, endless wait times, and mountains of bureaucratic red tape at the VA while their loved ones suffered from ultimately fatal conditions.
“I am proud to have worked to pass bipartisan legislation to begin to right these wrongs, which included some of the most significant reforms to the VA in decades. The new VA Choice Card is the major reform initiative in the legislation. 

Aug 05 2015
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today sent the following letter to the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Agriculture requesting that they postpone the roundup of horses from the Mesa Ranger District on the Tonto National Forest until there has been sufficient public engagement in the process, and that they respond to questions.
“A growing number of our constituents have expressed deep reservations about the Forest Service’s intent to gather these horses and transfer them to the Arizona Department of Agriculture,” write Senators McCain and Flake. “We request that you postpone action until there has been sufficient public engagement in the process and that you respond to our questions below.”

The full letter is here.

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