Published On: Wed, Jan 2nd, 2013

Senator John McCain votes ‘Yea’ on fiscal cliff deal, expresses concern about possible defense cuts

Caricature by donkeyhotey, donkeyhotey.wordpress.com (cropped)

Caricature by donkeyhotey, donkeyhotey.wordpress.com (cropped)

Arizona Senator John McCain was one of 89 senators that voted for the fiscal cliff deal Jan.1, justifying his vote for it the same way most republican senators did–concern abort tax increases on all US citizens.

McCain states, “Despite my disappointment with many aspects of this agreement, I cannot in good conscience stand by and watch taxes go up on all Americans. I hope that in the coming months we continue to work toward a long term solution to our fiscal problems but in an effort to address the current crisis, I support the legislation worked out by Senate leadership and commend them for their efforts.”

The 76-year-old war veteran also made critical remarks about “kicking the can”, “least productive Congress since 1947” and his embarrassment of how this vote took place at the last possible moment.

However, the republican hawk also expressed concern about a topic that tops his agenda–defense spending.

In a press release Jan.1, McCain stated, “Critical issues remain to be resolved, particularly the $500 billion in defense budget cuts looming over our nation’s military. I hope that President Obama will make good on his pledge that defense sequestration ‘will not happen,’ particularly since our Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have made clear that these cuts will be ‘devastating’ to our armed forces and America’s national security.”

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