McSally on Healthcare

McSally on Healthcare

Healthcare
McSally voted for Trumpcare Jun 2, 2017 Martha McSally votes 100% in line with Donald Trump’s positions. That includes her May 4th vote to pass the Republican health care bill. [1] She was apparently eager to do so. At the GOP “pep rally” prior to the vote, she stood up and blurted out, “Let’s get this fucking thing done!”[2] The bill McSally voted for effectively eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.[3] Previously, she had promised her constituents she would never do that. At her Town Hall in February: "We've got to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions get access to health care. They should never be denied."[4] And again, in March, in a statement to the Tucson Weekly: “Rep. McSally is committed to ensuring…
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McSally on Planned Parenthood

McSally on Planned Parenthood

Healthcare
Jun 1, 2017 Martha McSally’s longtime opposition to federal funding for Planned Parenthood is out of step with her district.   Recent polling showed that 54% of her constituents would be more likely to oppose her if she voted to defund Planned Parenthood.[1] This is unsurprising, as Planned Parenthood has a 60% favorability rating in Arizona (71% among Hispanics).[2]   There are two Planned Parenthood clinics in McSally’s district, which provide health care services such as cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control. (One of the clinics also provides abortions, but federal dollars don’t cover those services.)   In 2012,  McSally marked “opposed” on a Center for Arizona Policy survey that asked about federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Then in 2015, she dangled the possibility that she might…
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McSally and Commerce with Mexico

McSally and Commerce with Mexico

Immigration & Border
COMMERCE WITH MEXICO  *from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*    CD2 takes in a $1 billion in revenue from Mexican tourism. This is a bipartisan issue. Rep. McSally has said, “The number one priority I hear about from Southern Arizonans is creating more economic opportunity for our region.” She’s given speeches to to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeast Arizona Hospitality Association, and told both she wanted Arizona to capitalize on the booming Mexican economy. She pushed for funding to renovate the Douglas Port of Entry, and introduced a bill to fund the Sonoran Corridor to improve the flow of goods between AZ and Mexico. In May of 2016, she hosted a panel of speakers in Sahuarita to talk about border issues.  The focus was on security,…
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McSally on DACA Dreamers

McSally on DACA Dreamers

Immigration & Border
DACA / “DREAMERS” *from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event* According to the Pew Research Center, there were 27,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications approved in Arizona. There may be several thousand more young people eligible. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are 97,000 people in Arizona who would have qualified for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Moreover, there may be 212,000 U.S. citizens (mostly children) living in the same households with them. That’s over 300,000 Arizonans who are deeply affected by Congress’s unwillingness to address this issue. Rep. McSally has tried to split the difference here. She thinks creating the program was executive overreach. When a federal judge blocked the DAPA program, and an expansion of the DACA program, she issued a statement of…
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McSally on Prejudice

McSally on Prejudice

Equality
*from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*    PREJUDICE / HATE SPEECH First, an ethnic breakdown of CD2: It’s 64% white, 28% Hispanic, and about 4% black, 3% Asian and 1% Native American. * A religious breakdown of Arizona (Pew Survey, 2015): 27% none, 26% Evangelical, 21% Catholic, 13% Protestant, 5% Mormon, 6% non~Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc.) Arizona’s Congressional delegation has 5 Catholics, 2 Mormons, 1 Baptist, 1 Episcopalian, 1 Unaffiliated, and then Martha McSally, listed as “Unspecified Protestant.” In 2015, Rep. McSally spoke at a tribute to Arizona’s first Mexican~American governor: “It took people like Raul Castro to stand up and continue to push through people’s prejudices. He is a tremendous example for all of us…and as we stand here today to honor him, we have…
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McSally on Science

McSally on Science

Science & Environment
  SCIENCE / THE ENVIRONMENT *Votes on science as reported on Feb 23, 2017 town hall event* The U of A’s $600 million in research and development expenditures place it in the top 5% of American universities. The U of A is Tucson’s largest employer.   If you Google “science” and Martha McSally, you will learn that she was a biology major at the Air Force Academy. There was a press release a year ago about how she wants to use NeuroScreening technology developed at the U of A to vet people at the border. (She’s the Chair of the Border Subcommittee.) Also, she wants NASA to encourage girls to study STEM.   From the EPA’s web site, on the impact of climate change in Arizona: “In the coming decades,…
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