Archive for the 'Sen. John McCain' Category

Omnibus spending bill is made of FAIL

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The New York Times has a great picture of John McCain looking Very Concerned.

Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.
The ability of the diminished minority to delay the bill signaled growing unease [...]

What?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Jon Kyl tries to give DC to Maryland, fails 30 67.
Oh, McCain was a Yea, too.

McCain being all mavrick again

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The Hill:
Four months after he lost his bid for the White House, no one in the Senate really knows what to make of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
This week McCain tried to strip most of the earmarks from a pending $410 billion omnibus spending bill.
The effort failed. While the former GOP presidential candidate managed to rally [...]

Congress Republicans missing Obama in Mesa; most not invited

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

East Valley Tribune:
The states two senators Republicans John McCain and Jon Kyl both plan to miss the event at Dobson High School. They say they were neither invited nor informed of the presidents visit to their home turf in time to alter their plans and show up for the speech.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer [...]

Kyl, McCain explain vote against stimulus

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Jon Kyl and John McCain co-authored this editorial for the Arizona Republic:
Proponents of the so-called economic stimulus bill have argued that legislation is necessary to stimulate our economy. We agree. The nation needs legislation that creates jobs, fixes our housing crisis, and puts us on a path toward economic recovery.
Unfortunately, the legislation Congress passed on [...]

Kyl, McCain, other border-state Senators fight border fence mandate

Friday, February 13th, 2009

CNS News:
The fact that the government has built only 32 of the 700 miles-of double-layer fencing that Congress initially mandated in 2006 is partly the result of the amendment that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) slipped into the omnibus appropriations bill enacted in December 2007.
“There was certainly some bureaucratic wiggle room, and they used it,” [...]

Kyl silent on tax survey; McCain responds

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Politico asked 99 senators about their taxes. Here were Jon Kyl and John McCains answers.
SEN. JON KYL (R-Ariz.)
1. Do you prepare your own taxes? Has not responded.
2. If not, who does? Has not responded.
3. Have you or the IRS ever discovered an error on a tax [...]

Today in Congress: DTV and Death in Custody

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Senate
John McCains amendment to prohibit the applicability of Buy American requirements in the stimulus bill to the utilization of funds provided by the Act failed 31 65. The Senate is still working on the stimulus.
House
S 352, the DTV Delay Act, passed the House 264 158. The bills purpose is to postpone the DTV [...]

It aint NASCAR, but Super Bowl might have to do

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

MSNBC:
So White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama invited some congressional folks over to watch the Super Bowl, huh?
Heres the weve been able to track down on the Senate side (in between asking questions about the stimulus, of course).
Steelers are represented by Arlen Specter (R) and Bob Casey (D).
Casey: invited and [...]

McCain FTW in 2010, thanks to Obama

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

CQ:
Republican John McCain intends to run in 2010 for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, and the recent history of senators thwarted in bids for president suggests he’ll be able to rebound smartly from his loss to Democrat Barack Obama in last November’s White House contest.
John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who narrowly lost in [...]

Today in Congress: Boring

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Senate
The Senate voted 60 34 to confirm Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. Kyl and McCain voted Nay.
House
H RES 31, Expressing support for designation of January 28, 2009, as National Data Privacy Day. Passed the House 402 0. Grijalva did not vote, rest of delegation voted Yea.
H RES 84, Honoring the [...]

Kyl for pres?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

AzCentral:
Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain on Thursday named fellow Arizona Senator Jon Kyl as a potential 2012 presidential candidate.
Asked on CNN’s “Larry King Live” if he plans to support Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the Republican presidential primaries, McCain said it would be “improper” to commit now because “I don’t know who’s running, for [...]

Today in Congress: Fair Pay goes to Senate; House votes on football

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Senate
S. 181, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Passed 61 36. Kyl and McCain both voted Nay.
House
H J Res 3, Relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Passed 270 155.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake
Nay: Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords
H Res 56, Expressing support for designation of [...]

Today in Congress: Hillary and TARP

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Senate
The Senate voted 94 2 to confirm Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Kyl and McCain voted Yea.
House
The House voted 260 166 to pass H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. The purpose of the bill is to reform the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury and ensure [...]

John McCain Classic is back!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Politico:
Sen. John McCain doesnt want to talk about the presidential campaign, and he certainly doesn’t want to discuss Sarah Palin.
But two months after losing the presidential race, the old John McCain is back, hammering away on government reform, earmarks and wasteful government spending.
The classic McCain made his first appearance of the New Year on Tuesday [...]

Kyl, McCain join Feinstein in criminal alien reimbursement bill

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

California Chronicle:
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation to ensure that that states and localities are eligible for reimbursement of the costs associated with incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens.
It is the federal government´s responsibility to control immigration. The cuts to the SCAAP program have let our local public safety services down, and have made our [...]

McCain-Feingold earmark reform?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

AzCentral:

Today, McCain, a longtime foe of pork-barrel spending, is expected to join Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., to announce earmark-reform legislation. The two had partnered on the 2002 campaign-finance-reform law.

McCain introduces bills on first day back

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Phoenix Business Journal reports that John McCain introduced these bills today:

• Lifting restrictions on long-haul flights at Washington Reagan National Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport. McCain has long sought to lift regulations that restrict West Coast flights out of those two airports.
• Expanding federal powers to investigate knock-off Native American crafts and art. That [...]

Arizona tops for absenteeism thanks to Renzi, McCain

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Arizona Capitol Times:

Among Arizona’s 10-member congressional delegation, Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi — both for different reasons — missed the most votes in the 110th Congress, according to a report by Congressional Quarterly.
Renzi, who has spent much of his time with attorneys fighting various felony charges of corruption, voted 83 percent of [...]

McCain: GOP must correct Hispanics impression of party

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

AzCentral:
In (swing states) Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico and Florida, the margin of defeat was the difference in the Hispanic vote between 2004 and 2008, McCain said. We Republicans . . . have got to recruit and elect Hispanics to office. And we need to correct the impression that many Hispanic citizens have, and that [...]