Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Arizona Senator John McCain Actions and Statements

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the following opening statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which passed the Committee 22-4 last month, and which the Senate begins considering today.
“It is my pleasure to rise with my friend and colleague from Rhode Island to speak about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. For 53 consecutive years, Congress has passed this vital piece of legislation, which provides the necessary authorities for our military to defend the nation. The NDAA is one few bills in Congress that continues to enjoy bipartisan support year after year. This is a testament to this legislation’s critical importance to our national security, and the high regard with which it is held by the Congress.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on his opposition to the USA Freedom Act:
“Today, I voted against the so-called USA Freedom Act, a bill that I believe fails to provide our intelligence agencies with the critical capabilities our country needs to prevent future terrorist attacks against our homeland. As our nation’s top military and national security leaders have repeatedly stated, we are facing a complex and diverse array of threats around the world that pose a direct threat to the safety and security of the American people. Now more than ever, our intelligence community must have access to the vital authorities and capabilities they need to stop another terrorist attack before it happens again.”
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his meeting today with the Governor of the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga:
“Today I had a friendly and respectful meeting with Governor Onaga. I expressed my appreciation for the people of Okinawa and my continued willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with the governor. At the same time, I expressed my ongoing support for the current plan to relocate U.S. Marines on Okinawa, to which the United States and the Government of Japan remain committed. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Abe and his government on future issues related to U.S. forces in Japan and to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance, which remains the cornerstone of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region.”
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered the following remarks at the American Action Forum’s Fred Malek Lecture Series in Washington, DC:
“Thank you, Fred. As many of you will know, despite his West Point education, Fred is one of America’s most successful businessmen. Fred has answered his nation’s call to service on numerous occasions, and I am proud to count him as a friend. 
“I am also very fortunate to have benefitted from the wise counsel of your President, Doug Holtz-Eakin, for many years, and he remains a trusted friend and adviser.
“It’s a pleasure to be here today at the American Action Forum. I commend you for the work you’ve done to promote free enterprise and smarter government. And I am pleased to see you have expanded your advocacy on defense issues. It couldn’t come at a more important time
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Thursday regarding the U.S. invitation to the People’s Republic of China to participate in the 2016 Rim of the Pacific military exercise in Hawaii. “Given China’s behavior in the past year alone, including its disregard for the interests of our allies, international law, and established norms, we do not believe Beijing should have been invited to this prestigious U.S.-led military exercise in 2016,” Senators McCain and Reed wrote. “China appears more intent on waging a maritime sovereignty competition and bullying its neighbors than contributing in a substantive manner to regional peace.”The signed letter is here 
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Bob Menendez (R-NJ) sent a letter encouraging Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Congress to reconsider its support for President Sepp Blatter’s fifth term as FIFA President in light of his continued support for Russia’s hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In the letter, the Senators note the economic support that hosting the World Cup would provide Vladimir Putin in contravention of multilateral sanctions that have been imposed against Russia for Putin’s continued aggression in Ukraine. 
“The next president of FIFA has a responsibility to ensure not only a safe and successful 2018 World Cup, but the endurance of the FIFA mission that claims to promote football 'globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values,'" write Senators McCain and Menendez. "We strongly encourage you to elect a president who will uphold these values and work to deny the Putin regime the privilege of hosting the 2018 World Cup.”
The signed letter is here 
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent the following letter on Wednesday to Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work regarding the construction of a $36 million command and control facility at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan over the objections of commanders on the ground. “It is unclear to me how the expenditure of $36 million on a building that was never used by the U.S. military, and as I understand, has not been used by the Afghan government, can be viewed as anything other than a failure of fiscal stewardship,” Chairman McCain wrote. The text of the letter appears HERE.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain released the following statement today on the Senate’s passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation:
“The Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority today is a win for America’s economic and national security future. This bill ensures that U.S. trade negotiators will have fast-track authority to complete trade agreements that create U.S. jobs, eliminate trade barriers and set rules to level the playing field for American companies. These agreements hold tremendous potential for businesses across the country including Arizona, where international trade supports more than one-in-five jobs that pay roughly 18 percent higher salaries.