Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today spoke on the Senate floor to recognize the influence and legacy of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.). Over the last three decades, Chairman McCain has led the successful passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with broad, bipartisan support:

“As a member of the Armed Services Committee for the last 32 years and chairman for the past four, Sen. McCain has worked tirelessly to steer this essential legislation through the United States Senate. Under his leadership, the NDAA has authorized pay raises for troops, invested in modern equipment and advanced training, helped to restore military readiness, and provided America’s allies the support needed for security missions around the globe. The fact that Congress has approved NDAA legislation every year that he has been involved in this process speaks to his ability to unite his colleagues when it matters most.”

Video of Flake’s remarks can be viewed here.

A complete transcript of Flake’s prepared remarks can be viewed below.

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Mr. President, as we consider this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, I rise today to honor my esteemed colleague and friend, Sen. John McCain.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee for the last 32 years and chairman for the past four, Sen. McCain has worked tirelessly to steer this essential legislation through the United States Senate.

Under Sen. McCain’s leadership, the NDAA has authorized pay raises for troops, invested in modern equipment and advanced training, helped to restore military readiness, and provided America’s allies the support needed for security missions around the globe.

Sen. McCain has been a fixture on the Senate floor during every NDAA debate. Wagging his finger and raising his voice, he mustered the rest of us to support and defend our troops.

He made it a priority to reduce wasteful spending and cracked down on waste, fraud, and abuse.

Year after year under Senator McCain’s leadership, the Senate Armed Services Committee has identified billions of dollars in unnecessary spending at the Department of Defense.

Because of his efforts, we have reinvested savings in providing critical military capabilities for warfighters, meeting the unfunded priorities of our service chiefs and combatant commanders, and supporting critical national security priorities.

The fact that Congress has approved NDAA legislation every year that he has been involved in this process speaks to his ability to unite his colleagues when it matters most.

While Sen. McCain’s physical presence during this process has been sorely missed, his influence and legacy will remain for years to come.

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