Senator McSally on the Issues
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Bipartisanship • COVID-19 • Border Security • Defense & Veterans • Economy • Health Care • Second Amendment • Public Safety • Sanctity of Life
Bipartisanship in a Partisan Time
From her time serving in the House and now in the Senate, Martha goes to Washington, not with an “R” on her jersey, but with an “AZ” on her jersey.
When she served in the House of Representatives, Martha worked across the aisle to pass bills that were signed into law under a Democrat administration. Now, with a Republican Senate and White House, she has continued that track record of bipartisanship to deliver results for Arizonans. Martha’s work with President Trump has put Arizona and America first on every issue.
Since becoming a senator for Arizona, an independent organization ranked Martha the sixth most bipartisan senator and she tied for #1 of ALL 100 senators for the most bills signed into law. It is her commitment to working with anyone to get things done that has made her an effective champion for Arizonans. Some of her signature achievements in Congress include:
- Crafting and voting for a Republican-led tax cut package that saved the average Arizona family $2,000 each year;
- Introducing and working across the aisle to pass legislation to authorize the historic, multi-state Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to secure Arizona’s water future;
- Successfully fighting to restore control of lands to Arizonans through five land exchanges;
- And creating a nationwide Veterans Treatment Court program to provide our heroes with treatment they need to recover from the invisible wounds of war.
COVID-19 Relief for Arizona Families
This first-in-a-century pandemic has impacted so many Arizonans, who have found themselves out of work through no fault of their own. Martha is leading the charge to ease the burden the coronavirus has put on individuals and businesses. She crafted and voted for the CARES Act to get immediate, direct cash relief to individuals and provide small businesses with funding to keep their employees on the payroll. The relief she fought for and delivered to Arizonans included:
- $9 billion in relief funding for Arizona businesses;
- $25 billion nationwide for research, development, manufacture, and administration of testing, so that it could be provided at no cost to patients;
- $175 billion nationwide to support hospitals treating coronavirus patients;
- $8 billion in COVID relief funds for tribal governments across the country—the largest appropriations for tribes in U.S. history;
- $10 billion to protect residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country; and
- An additional $600 a week in unemployment to help those laid off due to the pandemic.
As a result of her request, the Treasury Department granted states and cities additional flexibility in order to use the funding they received in the CARES Act in a way that best suits their communities.
Martha is standing up to China for their role in unleashing this virus on us. China lied to the world and covered up this virus for months, and Martha is leading on several pieces of legislation to ensure they are held responsible. The Chinese Communist Party has even threatened to sanction Martha because she has been an outspoken leader in the effort to hold them accountable. She will not quit in her fight against the Communist Chinese regime.
She is working to bring manufacturing of essential products—such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and prescription drugs—home from China, and ensuring we stop shipping our jobs overseas.
Unlike her opponent, who is beholden to China through his long relationship with the regime and multiple business entanglements, Martha is standing up to them and putting Arizonans and Americans first.
Arizonans understand that border security is national security, and Martha is your border security senator. She has worked with the Trump Administration to fund more than 300 miles of new border wall system at our southern border. Martha will always stand behind our border patrol agents and has voted to ensure they have everything they need to do their jobs safely. To that end, she advocated and voted for additional funding for:
- Construction of additional border wall system along the southern border;
- Hiring border patrol agents and officers to address staffing shortages and patrol the border and ports of entry;
- The modernization and construction of ports of entry, as well as technology to facilitate legitimate trade and travel;
- Expanding border surveillance capabilities through sensors and radars along our borders; and
- Air assistance to our agents on the ground through both fixed wing and rotary aircraft.
For her relentless efforts as Arizona’s Border Senator, Martha once again received the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council, representing more than 18,000 agents. They support her in this election because of her commitment to the men and women who work hard every day to keep our country and communities safe.
Defense & Veterans
Martha served our country honorably for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. She was the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat. She deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan six times and flew 325 combat hours in the mighty A-10 warthog. She retired as a colonel in 2010.
Under the Obama-Biden administration, our military was decimated. They cut our military by 25%, creating the worst readiness crisis in a generation. Not only did these spending cuts erode our strategic edge over our adversaries, but it also led to an unacceptable increase in loss of lives during training and safety risks.
Martha has worked with the Trump administration to rebuild our military and give them the resources they need to protect the homeland and defend our allies from bad actors around the globe.
Martha channeled her own experience as a survivor of military sexual assault into fighting for our servicewomen. In 2019, 17 of her 18 provisions to combat sexual assault in the military made it into the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law.
She went to bat to secure funding for critical military assets housed in Arizona, including saving the A-10 at Davis-Monthan AFB and funding the F-35 at Luke AFB and Yuma Marine Corps Air Station. She also helped secure additional parental leave for servicemembers after the birth or adoption of a new child, fought for the largest pay raise in a decade, and is leading to remove career barriers for military spouses like costly licensing fees.
There is no better champion for our men and women in uniform than Martha McSally.
Before China unleashed this pandemic on us, our economy was the strongest it’s been in our lifetime. At 3.5%, unemployment was at the lowest point in over half a century. There was record low unemployment for Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. We had the lowest poverty rate in more than 50 years.
With the leadership of Martha McSally and Republicans in Congress, the president signed into law historic tax cuts that saved the average middle-class Arizona family $2,000 every year. That means more money back in your pockets.
Amid this historic growth, 71% of the new jobs last year went to women, and 22 million families have benefited from the doubling of the child tax credit—Senator McSally is working to make that permanent for Arizona families.
Together with the Trump Administration, Martha has supported unprecedented regulatory relief for American businesses, farmers and ranchers, and workers. She supported the repeal of 16 regulations that were imposed through executive overreach under President Obama. These burdensome regulations were costly to American households and small businesses. Their repeal saved the economy $4.1 billion. Martha is also leading on legislation to rein in unelected federal bureaucrats by requiring that Congress affirmatively approve every new agency rule that would have an annual economic impact of at least $100 million.
Democrats not only want to undo the middle-class tax cuts and deregulation Martha fought for, but they also plan to implement the largest tax increase in modern history. They think they know how to spend your money better than you do. Martha is standing up against the Democrats’ plan to take more money out of your wallets.
Everywhere she goes, Martha hears from Arizonans who can’t afford their health insurance or the high cost of their prescription drugs. Under Obamacare, Arizonans’ premiums skyrocketed and their deductibles were so high making the insurance unusable. The unaffordable, broken, government-run health care system the Democrats want to expand would close rural hospitals collapse Medicare, raise taxes, and eliminate private insurance, kicking more than 178 million Americans off of their employer-based health plans.
Both Republicans and Democrats agree on protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and Martha has a record of co-sponsoring and voting for legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions. But when Arizonans can’t afford their premiums and prescriptions because of unaffordable costs under Obamacare, that doesn’t protect people with pre-existing conditions. While Democrats work to maintain and expand bureaucratic, government-run health care that isn’t work for Arizonans, Martha is working with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement a better solution to bring down costs and provide more choices to families.
The high cost of prescription drugs is one of the top concerns of Arizonans. Too many Arizonans and seniors are forced to split pills or leave medication on the pharmacy counter due to sticker shock and exorbitant costs. Martha is taking on big Pharma and introduced her own bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs. She is a co-sponsor of other solutions that are working toward the same goal.
Martha is Arizona’s Second Amendment senator. As an A-10 pilot, she protected our ground troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan and shot the biggest gun of anyone in Congress!
Martha put her life on the line to protect our Constitutional freedoms, including the Second Amendment. As a veteran, gun-owner, and conservative, Martha is standing up to the radical activists who are seeking to rollback our rights.
Martha’s record serving Arizona in Congress shows that she has worked to protect due process for veterans and seniors, while strengthening the existing background check system.
Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day for our safety, and they deserve our unending respect and gratitude.
Martha’s commitment to backing the blue earned her the endorsement of the Arizona Police Association, an organization representing more than 12,000 uniformed officers in our state. They know she will always stand up for them and make sure they have the resources they need to keep our communities safe.
While Martha and her fellow Republicans believe in supporting law enforcement, the growing reckless calls on the Left to defund the police are dangerous and would leave our families less safe.
We must continue to ensure our communities are safe for all Arizonans, and that includes advocating responsible policing reforms. Martha co-sponsored and supported Senator Tim Scott’s policing reform legislation that would have: provided more training for police officers in de-escalation and the duty to intervene; made lynching a federal hate crime; created a national policing commission to conduct a review of the U.S. criminal justice system; collected data on use of force by police; banned the use of chokeholds by federal officers and withhold federal funds to state and local law enforcement agencies that do not ban them; and withheld federal money to police departments that fail to report to the Justice Department when no-knock warrants are used. Not a single Democrat would support this meaningful legislation.
Sanctity of Life
Martha has a strong record of upholding the sanctity of life and believes taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortions. She is pro-life and supports three exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or if the life of mother is at risk.
Martha has consistently advocated for funding for low income women to get access to birth control and for contraceptives to be available over the counter.
One of the greatest tragedies of the modern Democrat Party is their unabashed embrace of abortion without any restrictions. As it stands the United States is one of only seven countries that allows late term abortions—including China and North Korea. This is unacceptable. She believes we must stand up and protect the innocent lives of unborn babies.