One Year In
By U.S. Representative Martha McSally
I’ve long believed that leadership means more than talk; it means getting results. During my first year in office, we achieved many important victories to make our community stronger, and aim to continue that momentum in 2016.
On Feb. 2, the Obama administration announced its intentions to retire our entire A-10 Warthog fleet and half of all our EC-130H Compass Call aircraft. Both moves would significantly reduce missions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and harm Southern Arizona families.
Drawing upon my experience as a former A-10 pilot and squadron commander, I successfully led efforts in the House to fully protect both these aircraft this year, including offering amendments to protect against back-door attempts to mothball either aircraft. As a result, both these planes will continue flying in 2016, making a difference on the battlefield.
In addition to legislation protecting our aircraft, in 2105, four of my bills passed the House, including one that has been signed into law: the Border Jobs for Veterans Act. This new law fast-tracks veterans for open jobs at our ports of entry, and at the time of its signing was just one of 52 substantive bills signed into law this year.
Related to expanding economic opportunity for our families, my advocacy this year led to the inclusion of four Southern Arizona infrastructure priorities in long-term transportation legislation, enabling them for federal funding. One of the projects, the Sonoran Corridor, is estimated to have a $32 billion annual impact on the regional economy and support as many as 189,000 jobs after construction.
In addition, a top issue on the minds of many Southern Arizonans I speak with is keeping our country and communities safe. The administration’s flawed strategy has failed to contain ISIS, which has shown a capability to export terror and its hateful ideology around the world.
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