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August 31, 2015

McCain Rails GOP on Ukraine Bill: ‘Don’t Call Yourself Reagan Republicans’ (Video)

Sen. John McCain hammered Republicans on the Senate floor Thursday for refusing to pass by unanimous consent a Senate Foreign Relation Committee bill which would provide economic aid while imposing sanctions on Russia.

“What has happened? Where are our priorities? You can call yourself Republicans, that’s fine, because that’s your voter registration. Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans,” the Arizona Republican said.

The bill also includes IMF language, which Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said isn’t necessary, and which some senators railed against Thursday.

“This makes no sense,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “I would challenge any of my friends here to stand up here and explain why a sensible response to what Russia has done is to expand Russia’s influence in the IMF and to diminish America’s influence.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, criticized the language in the bill.

“We do not need to be passing legislation that’s not paid for in this fashion,” the Alabama Republican said.

McCain, who refused to listen to Sessions’ floor speech, said a House-passed Ukraine aid bill did not go far enough, and faulted Republicans for objecting to the bill.

“Incredibly there will be an objection from this side to this legislation, when the people of Ukraine are crying out for our help and our assistance.”

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  1. AZ WI

    March 14, 2014
    1:14 a.m.

    Old John McCain is just looking for another war to start, as always McCain should just be ignored

    • PILover

      March 14, 2014
      8:58 a.m.

      Is he? I doubt it. He’s just not as parochial as you are about human life.

  2. Jay Va

    March 15, 2014
    4:57 a.m.

    In this YouTube video, the nation’s Chief Liar, Hussein Obama, lies to the face of the American people about cutting the Federal deficit in half: http://youtu.be/6jJvkkNmR_8?t=1m29s

  3. notyranny47

    March 15, 2014
    6:10 p.m.

    Could his motivation be because he is the TOP recipient of lobby money from the Defense industry? Not much money coming if there’s not continual wars, right John?

    • Layla

      March 16, 2014
      8:09 a.m.

      That’s because he has always been more than willing to take money from them in the name of freedom. That’s how he justified it. It wouldn’t matter which industry it was, there are others giving money to MANY.

      But for this man, he long ago stopped representing his constituents, putting his own interests, his own hold on power ahead of all else. It is time for him to go.

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