Still think the GOP Sequester does no harm?

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Senator John McCain, in a rare moment of candor, gives some "straight talk" on the effects of the GOP Sequester. Prescott's The Daily Courier reports, U.S. senators visit firefighters' families; Biden coming Tuesday:

[Sens.] McCain
and Flake expressed concerns about $115 million worth of automatic
sequester cuts to wildland firefighting resources that McCain said will
result in 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines this season.

McCain
said the country needs more heavy air tankers after dropping from 44 in
2002 to 18 last year. He and other members of Congress have asked the
Department of Defense to transfer more of its older planes to the Forest
Service. "It's clear that we are facing cuts that will reduce the
capability of the Forest Service…to fight these fires," McCain said.

One-fourth
of Arizona has burned in wildfires over the last decade, he said,
citing the long-term drought and overstocked forests as contributing
factors. He supports more timber contracts to thin out the forests.

"In the older days, fires just swept through and didn't do damage," he said. "They do now."

Our firefighters are being asked to do more with less, which puts their lives on the line. How many more lives need to be lost?

2 responses to “Still think the GOP Sequester does no harm?

  1. movingazforward

    I’m sure that Sen. McCain counts on the lazy MSM to say nothing about his call for a permanent US presence in Afghanistan a couple of days before he expresses concern about firefighting budget cuts.

  2. If forest fire protection has been cut too far what is keeping the State of Arizona or Yavapai county from purchasing, contracting for or goosing the revenue of the program that pays for forest fire protection? If the federal government is short a hundred million or two then I would suggest that McCain and Flake (and President Barack Obama) declare that it is past time to end the US government give away of hundreds of millions of dollars in tanks and jet planes (and other military aid) to Egypt (each and every year).

    Signed,
    Thane Eichenauer

    http://freebeacon.com/egypt-to-receive-f-16s/

    ‘The State Department has refused to cancel or delay the delivery of several American-made F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming that the arms deal serves America’s “regional security interests,” according to an official State Department document obtained by the Free Beacon.’