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Profile: John McCain

 
  

Positions that John McCain has held:

  • US Senator, Republican


 

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John McCain actively participated in the following events:

 
  

December 10, 2001      Complete Iraq timeline

       US Congressmen write a letter to President Bush urging him to take military action against Iraq. Among those who sign the letter are Jesse Helms, Joseph Lieberman, John McCain, Henry Hyde, and Trent Lott. The letter states, “As we work to clean up Afghanistan, it is imperative that we plan to eliminate the threat from Iraq. This December will mark three years since United Nations inspectors last visited Iraq. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. ...Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War levels. We believe we must directly confront Saddam, sooner rather than later.” [Scripps Howard News Service, 12/15/01; US Department of State, 12/5/01]
People and organizations involved: Henry Hyde, Trent Lott, Jesse Helms, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman
          

(2003-July 2003)      Bush's environmental record

       EPA staffers are instructed by higher-ups not to analyze any mercury or carbon dioxide reduction proposals that conflict with the President's “Clear Skies” bill or, if they do, to keep the results under wraps. For example, an alternative proposal sponsored by Senators Thomas R. Carper and Lincoln Chaffee is analyzed by the EPA but its conclusions—showing that the Carper-Chaffee plan has some advantages over Clear Skies—are not released. According to one EPA staffer later interviewed by the New York Times, Jeffrey Holmstead, the assistant administrator for air programs, wondered out loud during a May 2 meeting, “How can we justify Clear Skies if this gets out?” And in June, EPA administrator Christie Whitman sends a letter to Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman, informing them that the EPA will not do economic analysis on their alternative plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as they requested. Senator McCain later tells the New York Times that he did “not feel it was normal procedure to refuse to analyze a bill that is under the agency's jurisdiction.” [New York Times, 7/14/2003; League of Conservation Voters, n.d.]
People and organizations involved: Lincoln Chaffee, Joseph Lieberman, Thomas R. Carper, Bush administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Jeffrey Holmstead, John McCain
          

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