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November 26, 2015

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November 17, 2015

McCain: Obama Assertion on ISIS ‘Embarrassing’

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain criticized President Barack Obama’s defiant defense of the administration’s strategy to combat the Islamic State terror group.

Speaker with reporters Tuesday, the Arizona Republican took umbrage with Obama’s assertion that GOP hawks have failed to offer an alternative plan for fighting the violent extremist groups. He also said building the Arab ground force he envisions is possible as long as Obama pledges to help it take down Syrian President Bashar Assad. Full story

November 5, 2015

McCain to Democrats: Do You ‘Give a Damn’ About Servicemembers?

McCain ripped reports of a possible extension in the Iran nuclear deal deadline. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain gave a biting floor speech about the blockade of the defense spending bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican defense policy leader in the Senate wondered aloud Thursday if Democrats “don’t give a damn” about military personnel.

During a stem-winding floor speech, Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., asked if his Democratic counterparts were blocking the defense spending bill debate not for procedural reasons — but because they don’t care. Full story

McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

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Both of Arizona’s Republican senators support an immigration overhaul. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections.

In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Full story

October 27, 2015

Defense Hawks Fine With Boost in War Account

McCain talks to reporters on Capitol Hill.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

McCain talks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Top Senate defense hawks are satisfied with the increased Pentagon spending in the new budget deal, and several Democrats doubt that section will mean trouble for the sweeping package.

The spending plan, which many senators on Tuesday said they are still reviewing, would boost discretionary spending caps by $50 billion in fiscal 2016 and $30 billion in 2017, with those hikes divided evenly between defense and domestic spending. But it also proposes something Democrats and the Obama administration for months have opposed: About $16 billion more than the $58 billion the White House had requested in 2016 for a Pentagon war account.

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September 11, 2015

John McCain Entertains ‘Nuclear Option’ to Reject Iran Deal (Video)

McCain is adamant that the defense policy bill should be bipartisan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain isn’t ruling out the nuclear option. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain said Friday he would be willing to look at using the “nuclear option” to advance legislation against the Iran deal.

“I think it would set a dangerous precedent, but frankly … I’m in favor of exploring it. The seriousness of the impact of this agreement I think … argues for us to look at any possible option that we can,” the Arizona Republican said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. “I’m not sure I want to change the rules of the Senate because we won’t always be in the majority.”

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September 9, 2015

With Kerry on the Hill, McCain Blasts Inaction on Syrian Refugees (Video)

McCain, Kerry chat during an Armed Services Committee hearing on July 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCain, Kerry chat during an Armed Services Committee hearing on July 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain blasted the Obama administration in a Wednesday floor speech for inaction on the Syrian refugee crisis, delivering it with a chart featuring the tragic photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi.

“This photo, which was taken shortly after Aylan’s dead body was washed ashore, has opened the world’s eyes to this devastating crisis,” the Arizona Republican said. “Within hours of this photo being posted, people across the world began to share it on social media, using a hashtag in Arabic that translates to, ‘humanity washed ashore.’ This image has haunted the world. But what should haunt us even more than the horror unfolding before our eyes is the thought that the United States will continue to do nothing meaningful about it.”

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August 13, 2015

McCain: ‘Shameful’ to Limit Arlington Cemetery Expansion for Bus Facility

McCain is adamant that the defense policy bill should be bipartisan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain wants the Army to maximize the number of graves at Arlington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John McCain is pushing hard to quash the idea of building a bus maintenance facility on property the Arizona Republican would rather see set aside for an expansion of the adjacent Arlington National Cemetery.

In a letter to Army Secretary John M. McHugh, the Senate Armed Services chairman criticized the Virginia Department of Transportation and local government for wanting to build the maintenance facility on the site.

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August 11, 2015

Graham: National Security Concerns Trump Planned Parenthood

Graham said he opposes a shutdown showdown over Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Graham said he opposes a shutdown showdown over Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A potential President Lindsey Graham would propose defunding Planned Parenthood, but the South Carolina Republican said using a government funding crisis as leverage in an abortion debate would undermine national security.

“Let me just be clear about me and Planned Parenthood. If I were president, I would never submit a budget with one dime for Planned Parenthood,” Graham said. “I am not going, as Senator Graham, to shut the government down because of this fight. I will vote to defund Planned Parenthood, I will do everything I can to stop funding Planned Parenthood, but what Sen. [Ted] Cruz is suggesting is to shut the government down because of this dispute.”

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July 7, 2015

McCain Awards Service Medal to World War II POW

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McCain, Pedevillano and Spencer attended Tuesday’s ceremony in the Russell Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

From one military pilot prisoner of war to another.

Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., awarded a distinguished service medal to a World War II veteran, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano, at a small ceremony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

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Watch Live: Senate Hearing on White House ISIS Strategy

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on the Obama administration’s strategy against the Islamic State terror group.

Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. Full story

By JM Rieger Posted at 9:22 a.m.
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June 18, 2015

Senate Waste Watchers Soldier On

From left, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., appeared with Pigfoot, a mascot for Citizens Against Government Waste. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From left, Toomey, McCain and Jeff Flake appeared with Pigfoot, a mascot for Citizens Against Government Waste, in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A dog-bite prevention website. Vermont puppet shows. Researching the bomb-sniffing capabilities of elephants.

Those are just some government spending projects labeled “wasteful” in this Congress by a crop of lawmakers who continue to take on the mantle of pork busters four years after Ohio Republican John A. Boehner banned earmarks after he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011.

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June 15, 2015

McCain Eager to Finish Defense Bill, but Amendment Landmines Remain

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McCain hopes to complete work on the defense bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The defense policy bill could get off the Senate floor this week the easy way — or the hard way.

Senators will enter their third partial week of floor debate on the National Defense Authorization Act when they return Monday, with a key vote to limit debate on the measure occurring Tuesday morning unless there is an agreement to change the schedule.

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June 4, 2015

Senate Adopts Plan to Halt Pentagon’s ‘Paid-for Patriotism’ (Updated)

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McCain and Flake are teaming up to stop the Pentagon from spending money to honor troops at sporting events. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:22 p.m. | A trio of senators, including the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, have won the support of their colleagues to block the Pentagon from spending taxpayer dollars to honor troops at sporting events.

The proposal would bar the use of federal contracts to have members of the armed services honored at sporting events. The practice came to light when Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., highlighted an agreement between the NFL’s New York Jets and the New Jersey National Guard.

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May 31, 2015

Angry John McCain Calls Rand Paul ‘the Worst’ (Video)

Two Republicans did stand with Rand Paul: Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Justin Amash of Michigan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two Republicans did stand with Rand Paul: Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Justin Amash of Michigan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Not that Rand Paul was counting on his support, but it’s pretty clear that Sen. John McCain does not #StandWithRand.

McCain took several opportunities Sunday night to torch the Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful. Full story

May 27, 2015

Menendez, McCain Sent Letter to FIFA Just Before Indictments

McCain says Obama's "shameful" decision to pull troops from Iraq years ago led to the loss of Ramadi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCain joined with Menendez in sending a letter to FIFA on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Well, this timing was prescient.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and John McCain, R-Ariz., fired off a letter to the FIFA Congress encouraging the international soccer governing body to reconsider granting a fifth term at the helm to President Sepp Blatter.

The election had been scheduled for later this week at a meeting in Switzerland, but that plan may have to change after Swiss law enforcement agents swept through a hotel where top FIFA authorities gathered to round up officials on criminal charges in the United States, as The New York Times reported from Zurich.

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