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Senate Proceeding 07-14-09 on Jul 14th, 2009 :: 1:58:40 to 2:09:05
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John McCain

1:58:36 to 1:58:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to bring it to a vote. we're making every effort to see if we can't agree upon that. i yield the floor. mr. mccain: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: mr. president, i rise to -- for two is to make a quick respoe to

John McCain

1:58:40 to 2:09:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

1:58:57 to 1:59:17( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: senator chambliss' remarks concerning the f-22 and a couple of remarks about what i understand is going to b on t understand will be proposed by the majority leader which is a hate crimes bill. which is very difficult for me

John McCain

1:59:18 to 1:59:38( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to understand. senator chambliss, very appropriately, pointed out that many times when we put together an authorization offsets, as we call them, ways of paying for whatever addition that we want to add in the auorizatio bill.

John McCain

1:59:39 to 2:00:00( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: but i think it's important for us to point out that the chambliss amendment, during the markup, during together, provided $1.75 billion for f-22 procurement and it took funds from presume

John McCain

2:00:01 to 2:00:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: balances of several accounts. in all candor, they were unjustified assumptions. the amendment cut $850 million from o&m accounts. that's operation and

John McCain

2:00:24 to 2:00:45( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: operations and maintenance that means the much-needed supplies that provides for the readiness of our troops, enabling them to stay ready. for today's conflicts and for toms -- and for tomorrow's challenges. the account

John McCain

2:00:46 to 2:01:06( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: day-to-day costs for the department. this includes aircraft, combat vehicles, support, procurement supplies and equipment and repairs and maintenance of department of defense facilities. our the world. it's irresponsible to cut the resources they rely on to

John McCain

2:01:07 to 2:01:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: prepare successfully for their mission to protect the united states and its security interests worldwide. we tow to owe it to our military to provide them with every resource. based on historical data, reductions that are in this -- in the chambliss amendment to pay for the additional $1.75

John McCain

2:01:29 to 2:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: billion would affect the following areas: army's traing and operating tempo, including traing additional helicopter crews for irregular warfare missions; navy's depot maintenance for service ships; air force contractor logistical support for critical airport and unmanned vehicles; and the

John McCain

2:01:50 to 2:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: special operations comma mission support and traing of its forces. furthermore, a reduction of this magnitude could affect the secretary's initiativ and train additional acquisition professionals need to improve the department's contract, develop, and procure weapons systems and

John McCain

2:02:12 to 2:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: contractors with federal employees, thereby reducing the $1.2 billion in savings that's in addition, these accous will have to absorb the increased cost of fuel that's occurred since the budget was submitted, and additional civilian pay raises. that assumes that the congress sets the civilian pay raises at

John McCain

2:02:33 to 2:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the same level as the military pay raise of 3.4%. the other two -- quote -- "offsets" -- are $400 million for military personnel funding. much of t military personnel accounts is entitlement-driven. thus, there is limited

John McCain

2:02:54 to 2:03:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: flexib reductions without affecting the readiness of u.s. forces. thee reductions will directly translate into recruiting and retention and incentives and important programs such as covering the cost to move members and their names to new assignments. -- and their families to new assignments.

John McCain

2:03:15 to 2:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it will affect unit readiness by affecting the service's ability to fully staff operational units with critical personnel prior to deployment. if congress sustains these reductions, the services will need to submit a reprogrammi action to make sure that military forces are fully supported.

John McCain

2:03:38 to 2:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: finally, behafinally, the senator from georgia assumes $500 million in first-year savings from the weapons systems acquisition reform act and he referred to it in his remarks. i'm very proud to have worked under the leadership of senator levin and togetr coming up with a very important piece of legislation strongly supported

John McCain

2:03:59 to 2:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: by the president and the secretary of defense to reform the way systems. the outrageous, as we know, throughout the past few years. but there is no one -- no one -- in our wildest imagination that

John McCain

2:04:20 to 2:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: believe in the first year of million. i would love to see that happen. i would love to see pigs fly, but we're not going to save $0 million in the first year of a piece of legislation that has really not been implemented and won't be for some period of time.

John McCain

2:04:43 to 2:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: so i am very flattered by senator chambliss' reliance on $500 million in savings from the legislation that we recently passed through the congress and signed by the president of the united states, but in all due respect, it is totally unrealistic. so what we're really doing here

John McCain

2:05:04 to 2:05:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: is adding $1.75 really not to reduce spending or impose savings in any other way. but, loo and i commitment, knowledge, and contributions of senator chambliss of georgia.

John McCain

2:05:29 to 2:05:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: there is no more valued member than the senator. we simply have an honest disaeement on this issue understand u.a.e aircraft and the contributions it makes to our nation's security but the fact is we don't need nymph them and that come from the secretary of defense, the secretary of the

John McCain

2:05:50 to 2:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: air force, and others involved in these issues for a long period of time. now, mr. president, just for a minute -- because i know colleagues are waiting -- it is my understanding that following the disposition of amendment, which we hope would happen tomorrow morning, that the majority leader will move to

John McCain

2:06:11 to 2:06:31( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: put -- to take up a hate crimes bill, and the hate crimes bill is, to say the least, a very controversial piece of legislation. and it may deserve the debate and discussion of the members of this has nothing to do with the department of defense

John McCain

2:06:32 to 2:06:54( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: authorization bill. what the defense authorization bill has a lot to do with i training, equipping, taking care of reenlistment and and all of the things necessary to defend our nation's national security. we're in two wars. we're in two wars, and we need

John McCain

2:06:55 to 2:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to pass this legislation so the majority leader's priority is a hate crimes bill. a hate crimes bill which has nothing to do with the defense authorization. i hope that if the majority leader does that it will be the last time he will ever complain about an unrelated amendment being brought up by this side of

John McCain

2:07:16 to 2:07:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the aisle. look, there are important amendments tha need to be debated and considered on this legislation. this has got to do with the defense of this nation. so what are we going to do? we're going to type the senate for a number of days -- for a number of type the united states senate on a totally unrelated, very

John McCain

2:07:37 to 2:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: controversial, very emotional issue that has nothing to do with defending this nation. so i urge my colleagues on this side of the aisle -- i urge the distinguished chairman, i urge the majority leader, let's move forward with addressing the defense needs of this country, save the hate crimes bill for another day.

John McCain

2:07:59 to 2:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and let's do what's necessary for the men and women in our military rather than putting an agenda item that has nothing to do with defense next before thi body. mr. president, i predict again that when this bill comes up, if the hate crimes bill is proposed by the majority leader and

John McCain

2:08:20 to 2:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: agreed to by the distinguished chairman, it will lead to a great deal of controversy and unnecessary debate and discussion on a defense bill. if the majority leader, who controls bring up hate crimes, i would imagine that -- bill, i would imagine that he would be able to bring it up on his own.

John McCain

2:08:41 to 2:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: instead, he wants to stick it on to the bill that the men and women who are serve in our military in harm's way today are depending upon. it is not right. it is not the right thing to do. i hope that the majority leader and the chairman of the committee will reconsider their position and wait and bring up hate crimes bill as a separate piece of legislation for deliberation, discussion, and

John McCain

2:09:03 to 2:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: vote on this body -- from t

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