McCain Seeks Full Defense Funding

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) “said he will present an amendment to provide defense and war spending for the remainder of the year if Congress attempts to pass a second two-week stopgap spending measure to prevent a government shutdown,” The Hill reports.

"If we are going to embark on another two-week continuing resolution, as it appears reports indicate to be the case, then I will be compelled to propose an amendment which will then fund our nation’s national security requirements for the remainder of the year," McCain said in a floor speech late Wednesday afternoon.

McCain said his amendment would cost about $530 billion for normal defense appropriations and $159 billion to provide for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain added that he was willing to allow a few billion dollars in cuts to military spending in places where money was being used for non-military purposes, but he said the wars could not be properly waged on a two-week by two-week basis.

McCain is Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


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