Friday, June 19, 2015

Arizona Senator John McCain Floor Statements on Almost Everything Except Kitchen Sink

Mr. President:
“I would like to call up and speak briefly on McCain amendment #1482. This amendment would prohibit the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a military department from funding or conducting medical research or development projects unless the Secretary determines that the research or project is designed to protect, enhance, or restore the health and safety of members of the Armed Forces through phases of deployment, combat, medical recovery and rehabilitation.
“Mr. President, I will not seek a vote on this amendment, but I will say that it is an issue that must be addressed if we are going to spend American tax dollars on defending this nation’s security and the men and women who are serving. More

As the world has become a more dangerous place, the men and women of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have consistently and bravely answered the call of duty. Today, they are engaged in the most pressing global conflicts, including fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria and supporting NATO’s efforts to deter Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its neighbors in Eastern Europe.
I have always been proud of the contributions D-M has made to our national security, and believe that given the current state of the world, D-M’s value will only grow.
Southern Arizona’s excellent weather, which provides nearly optimal flying conditions almost year-round, has and should continue to attract military units from around the nation to Tucson during the winter months under the Air Force’s Total Force Training program. Under that program, formerly known as Operation Snowbird, D-M will continue to serve as a national training base for Air Force and Air National Guard pilots. More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, John Barrasso (R-WY), highlighted a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled: “Indian Gaming: Regulation and Oversight by the Federal Government, States, and Tribes.”
In the report, GAO finds that federal regulators at the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) are not effectively promoting voluntary compliance with federal guidelines concerning the proper handling of money, accuracy of financial statements, and security requirements at Indian casinos.
“The primary role of NIGC is to maintain the health and integrity of Indian gaming for the benefit of Indian tribes,” said Senator McCain. “If NIGC continues to rely on Indian casinos to voluntarily comply with federal guidelines, then the Commission must at least improve its state and tribal training and consultation initiatives and develop metrics that assess their effectiveness.”
“This new report calls for improvements in the Commission’s methods in maintaining the integrity of the gaming system,” said Chairman Barrasso.  “The NIGC should find more effective methods that will ensure all facets of gaming are conducted with accountability and accuracy.”

Other findings from the GAO report include: More