U.S. Senator John McCain http://wfpl.org en Senator Joe Donnelly Pushes U.S. Military Leaders to Better Address Sexual Assaults http://wfpl.org/post/senator-joe-donnelly-pushes-us-military-leaders-better-address-sexual-assaults <p>U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., joined a chorus of lawmakers on the<span id="articleText"> Armed Services Committee</span> who berated top military leaders over the rise of sexual assault in the armed forces.</p><p>In recent months, a series of reports have uncovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/military-sexual-assaults-2012_n_3230248.html">spike in rape and other sexual assault cases</a> against men and women that have been called "terrifying" and a "cancer" despite efforts to curb the problem.</p><p>Last month, a study conducted by The Pentagon showed a 35 percent increase in estimated sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared to 2010.</p><p>Speaking at the committee hearing on Tuesday, Donnelly told military commanders they have an obligation to address stop sexual assault and to provide for the psychological needs of survivors.</p><p>"I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service. And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do," Donnelly said.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DASzzs-ThQw" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:51:17 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5653 at http://wfpl.org John McCain Frustrated by Rand Paul's Use of Filibuster on Defense Bill http://wfpl.org/post/john-mccain-frustrated-rand-pauls-use-filibuster-defense-bill <p>Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az., warned that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delaying a vote on the defense bill could be used as an example of the need for filibuster reform.</p><p>Paul has been pushing to force an amendment vote on the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are judged to be involved in terrorism. He says it's important to protect those individuals constitutional rights and has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/rand-paul-lindsey-graham-crazy-bastard_n_2215653.html">jousted with fellow Republican over the rights of "crazy bastards"</a> on the floor.</p><p>But McCain—who was using support for the measure as a sign of bipartisan cooperation in the Senate—has had enough with Paul's tactics.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/mccain_rand_paul_giving_democrats_filibuster_changes_credence-219603-1.html">Roll Call</a>:</p><blockquote><p>On the floor, McCain said that the “Senator from Kentucky” gave notice that he would object to any unanimous consent requests or votes, a stance that would prevent the Senate from adopting the manager’s package and any other miscellaneous amendments. McCain later confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he was referring to Paul when he spoke.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:18:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2782 at http://wfpl.org John McCain Frustrated by Rand Paul's Use of Filibuster on Defense Bill McConnell Successfully Blocks Disclose Act http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-successfully-blocks-disclose-act <p>A bill that would require Super PACs to release their donor list was defeated due to a Republican filibuster led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has been a vocal opponent of the legislation.</p><p>The DISCLOSE (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act <a data-xslt="_http" href="http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/senate/2/votes/179/">failed by a 51-to-44 vote</a>, falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Since last month, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-obama-disclose-act-threaten-first-amendment">McConnell has ripped the legislation </a>as a form of intimidation being led by the Obama administration.</p><p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-being-scolded-opposing-disclose-act">Local</a> and <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ny-times-editorial-goes-after-mcconnell-over-disclose-act">national critics</a>, including U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., have pounced on McConnell&#39;s opposition, pointing out that he once supported the idea of full transparency.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/17/gop-kills-disclose-act-and-leaves-voters-in-the-dark.html"><em>The Daily Beast</em></a>:</p><div class="text parbase section"><blockquote><p>Originally, conservatives like Mitch McConnell who backed the money-is-speech position offered the consolation prize of radical transparency and instant disclosure for all election-related spending, including independent expenditures.</p><p></p><p>But now such a proposal represents, in McConnell&rsquo;s words, an attempt to &ldquo;protect unpopular Democrat politicians by silencing their critics and exempting their campaign supporters from an all-out attack on the First Amendment.&rdquo;</p></blockquote></div><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:04:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1027 at http://wfpl.org