Saturday, August 1, 2015

Arizona Senator John McCain Statement-Bills and Press Releases

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration that the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, has reached initial operational capability with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft:
Washington, D.C. ­– Today, the U.S. Senate passed critical measures introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would pave the way for the establishment of the Sonoran Corridor and the future Interstate 11 (I-11). These roads will ensure that Arizona has the infrastructure it needs to develop significant international trade routes for the Western United States.The provisions, which Senators McCain and Flake originally introduced with the Sonoran Corridor Interstate Development Act of 2015 and the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 this Congress, were ultimately included as part of the broader, long-term highway bill, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, that passed the Senate today. These provisions would designate the Sonoran Corridor as a future interstate to connect I-19 to I-10 south of the Tucson International Airport, and extend the future I-11 from Phoenix north to Las Vegas and I-80, and south to Arizona’s southern border.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today introduced the USA Act, legislation that would implement recommendations included in the Government Accountability Office’s annual duplication report to reduce waste and create efficiencies throughout the federal government. One of the key savings in this legislation would be the replacement of the dollar bill with the more sustainable and efficient dollar coin, which is estimated to generate at least $4.4 billion and up to $13.8 billion in taxpayer savings.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this week joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Lankford (R-OK) and 21 other Senators to introduce legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood while protecting women’s health. The bill follows gruesome footage showing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of unborn babies’ body parts. In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, the legislation would preserve federal funding for women’s health services, including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, and immunization. It would also sustain funding for sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks today on defense acquisition reform at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C.:

“Thank you, Jim, for that warm introduction. I am very pleased to be back among friends at the Chamber of Commerce. Over the past several years, the American people have been through a trying period of economic uncertainty. But through it all, the Chamber has been a constant champion for American free enterprise, the principles that made our economy the envy of the world and that remain the surest path to jobs, growth, and opportunity for all.