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Martha McSally

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Pro-life   Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?  

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  • Blog for Arizona "I believe that life begins at conception and we need to make sure that we, we â?? the sanctity of life is preserved." http://blogforarizona.net/questions-for-martha-mcsally-what-exactly-is-your-position-on-abortion-rights-and-personhood-legislation/ (blogforarizona.net)
  • Rated 8% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137299/martha-mcsally/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of every human life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676929/#.VW9BA3UViko (votesmart.org)
No   Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?  

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  • Arizona Daily Star "We must rein in our debt, and I believe this is best done by reducing federal spending, simplifying the tax code, and keep taxes at the lowest possible level so that people can create jobs and increase economic activity." http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Chat_with_CD_8_Republican_candidate_Martha_McSally (live.azstarnet.com)
  • "The House Ways and Means Committee today favorably approved U.S. Representative Martha McSally's legislation, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, clearing a major hurdle for the bill in Congress. The legislation reverses a tax hike contained in the President's health care law on middle class families and stops it from taking effect on seniors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102999/house-committee-passes-us-rep-mcsally-bill-halting-tax-hike (votesmart.org)
  • Signed the Tax Payer Protection Pledge "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738544/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge-arizona#.VXhPP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position   Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?  

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position   Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?  

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  • "If we don't rein in spending now and reduce our deficit, we risk the retirements of so many senior citizens who have worked and saved their entire lives, and the future of every generation to come. We have to get more bang for our tax buck. The wasteful, spending programs of recent years cannot continue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676928/#.VXhSrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The legislation advances projects such as the widening of SR-189 near Nogales and the construction of the Sonoran Corridor, a project that could bring about billions of dollars in economic growth and hundreds of thousands of new jobs here. It also enables federal funding for important trade routes like the I-19 network and I-11 system. This is what getting things done looks like, and I'm proud of the bipartisan work in the House and Senate to move this bill forward." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035795/us-rep-mcsally-statement-on-passage-of-transportation-bill-conference-report (votesmart.org)
  • "Getting our spending under control and tackling the greatest challenges facing us will require both sides to come together and find common ground to make our country stronger." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-statement-budget (mcsally.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes   Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?  

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  • Signed the Tax Payer Protection Pledge "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738544/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge-arizona#.VXhPP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to reduce federal regulations, cut taxes, and stop Washington from choosing economic winners and losers based on who has the best lobbyists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676926/issue-position-real-jobs-and-economic-opportunities#.VXhUMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No   Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?  

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  • "It is not right to deny children stuck in failing schools the option for a better education that focuses on local control, parent involvement, choice, and competition. Taxpayer dollars should be going to improving education, not paying for federal bureaucrats to dictate mandates and standards from D.C." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927439/issue-position-education/?search=education#.VW9Fj3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Students, teachers and families are being hamstrung by needless interference in what should be state and local decisions. We have to free our teachers to be creative and unlock the potential of every individual child -- not subject them to endless tests and bureaucratic roadblocks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676938/issue-position-parent-driven-education#.VXhUq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes   Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?  

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXhVLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Iâ??m not surprised Ron Barber doesnâ??t want to talk about his record on job creation. Heâ??s voted against commonsense jobs projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline, has been a strong advocate for the penalties, taxes, [...]" https://mcsallyforcongress.com/ron-barber-continues-to-dodge-debate-on-the-economy/ (mcsallyforcongress.com)
No   Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?  

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  • "The United States must become the leader in efficient energy production strategies and tactics, led by the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (votesmart.org)
No   Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?  

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  • "Implementation of the Proposed Rule will result in increased cost and decreased reliability for hundreds of thousands of Arizona residents. The EPAâ??s proposed rule, referred to by the agency as the Clean Power Plan, requires Arizona to cut carbon emissions by 52% over the next 15 years, the second most stringent requirement in the country." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-calls-changes-epa-rule-would-harm-rural-az-residents (mcsally.house.gov)
  • "We have to ensure that while we are making the best use of our natural resources, we do so in a responsible manner. Nobody wants to drink polluted water or breathe bad air." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
No   Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?  

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  • "I support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676936/issue-position-second-admendment#.VXha1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137299/martha-mcsally#.VW9YR3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • The Daily Wildcat "[...]supports the full enforcement of federal laws that are in place to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons, including convicted felons (including stalkers), domestic abusers, the mentally ill and people in the country illegally." http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2014/09/martha-mcsally-for-new-gun-control-laws (www.wildcat.arizona.edu)
Yes   Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?  

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  • "Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it. In some cases, it is making matters worse[â?¦]we should replace it with a bipartisan solution[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917316/issue-position-enacting-patient-centered-health-care-reform#.VXhe9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Barber's vote to save Obamacare is example number 1 of why he needs to be replaced in Congress. Obamacare is costing Americans jobs and driving up our debt. Ron Barber has only been in Washington for 3 weeks and has already become part of the problem. A vote for Obamacare is a vote against small businesses and a vote against fiscal responsibility." http://myemail.constantcontact.com/For-Immediate-Release---Martha-McSally-Comments-on-Passage-of-Obamacare-Repeal.html?soid=1109249143617&aid=NIVzNmeBWng (myemail.constantcontact.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
No   Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?  

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  • "Itâ??s true that our immigration system is broken, and that the presidentâ??s unilateral actions have made it worse. But it is neither practical nor fair to deport young migrants who freely came forward, giving information such as fingerprints and home addresses to our government, under the auspices that they would be given deferred status," http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/012015_house_immig/arizona-splits-along-party-lines-immigration-vote/ (www.tucsonsentinel.com)
  • "We must strictly enforce our immigration laws. Once our border is secure, we have to develop a system that ends the arbitrary quota system, and streamlines the process for law-abiding immigrants who want to come here and fulfill their dreams. We have to know who is entering our country, and why. We need to keep out anyone who would harm us, while offering those who would work for it a chance to succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676932/ (votesmart.org)
No   Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?  

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  • Tucson Weekly "Philosophically, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and it should be left to the states."http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/in-sickness-and-in-health/Content?oid=3921490 (www.tucsonweekly.com)
  • Rated 23% by Stonewall Democrats of Arizona http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137299/martha-mcsally/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "Believe that marriage is between one woman and one man." http://ronbarberforcongress.com/news/martha-mcsally-silent-on-whether-she-would-rip-apart-same-sex-marriages/ (ronbarberforcongress.com)
Yes   National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?  

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  • "We have not unleashed American air power to be able to rain down on this caliphate. And they have declared themselves as a state. We need to treat them like a state. Take out their vulnerabilities. Take out their command and control. Take out their logistics." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112069/cnn-newsroom-transcript-call-for-more-airstrikes-against-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "America cannot allow our enemies unfettered access to the vast ungoverned regions of our planet. We must clearly define our national interests, craft the strategy to safeguard those interests, and then focus our resources to ensure the safety, security, and future prosperity of our nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676927/#.VW9a43UViko (votesmart.org)
No   Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?  

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  • "I am against any effort to privatize Social Security because seniors have paid into this program their entire lives and are relying on it for retirement security. We cannot violate our promise to them." https://mcsallyforcongress.com/category/issues/ (mcsallyforcongress.com)
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A New Threat to the Senate GOP Majority -- Joe Biden

Mar. 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, tanking markets and prompting fears of recession, has blindsided the 2020 campaign season, imperiling President Trump’s reelection. But Senate Republicans working to keep their majority in November are eyeing a different threat -- former Vice President Joe Biden’s sudden revival in the Democratic primary race. Biden, a doubted and dismissed phoenix rocketing out of the ash pile, went from left-for-dead to presumptive nominee in an unprecedented 11-day sweep. Just before the South Carolina primary Republicans had already begun celebrating the hoped-for nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders -- and according to all the polls, Democratic voters were poised to help them. With Sanders as the nominee, House Republicans could hope to take the majority back, and Senate Republicans could preserve their majority, and maybe even grow it. Yet the furious resuscitation of Biden’s political fortunes has not only positioned his party more strongly against Trump in the general election, but suddenly scrambled the Senate map. Four Republicans up for reelection are now officially behind their challengers (or their most likely challengers) by four percentage points or more. And Biden’s numbers against an incumbent Trump show he is stronger than Hillary Clinton ever was in 2016 against the insurgent outsider most Americans expected would lose. More important than his wins against Sanders have been the underlying numbers behind Biden’s success this past week. In a majority of the primaries, he is winning a broad and deep coalition that threatens Republicans’ ability to hold the Senate and the White House. With black voters, suburban voters, white voters without a college degree,  white voters with a college degree, union and non-union, Republicans and independents, Biden’s breadth of support is remarkable.  In just days, Republicans went from feeling bullish about preserving their majority in the upper chamber to suddenly staring at potential losses across the board in stark relief. Only Sen. Lindsey Graham was willing to be blunt, saying while he thought Trump still had the edge, Biden would be “tough to beat.”  The most vulnerable GOP incumbent is Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who has run consistently behind John Hickenlooper in polling since the former governor announced a run against him. Another contender in this year’s Democratic primary who had refused a Senate bid but changed his mind when Biden surged is Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. He won his red-state race in 2016 when Trump did as well, and will now challenge Sen. Steve Daines. And for the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, this cycle started out well but has turned into the fight of Susan Collins’ life. A Public Policy Poll in Maine a year ago showed her with the edge over her likely opponent, 51%-33%, but she is now behind the Democrat there, 47%-43%. Collins’ approval rating is down among Maine voters, who chose Clinton over Trump in 2016 by 57%-33%. (Though her approval with Trump voters rose after impeachment to 59%-26%.)  A new PPP survey shows Arizona Sen. Martha McSally behind Mark Kelly, 47%-42%, which hasn’t budged much from her standing in PPP’s January survey when Kelly was besting her 46%-42%. The poll shows poor approve/disapprove (37%-46%) numbers for McSally, who lost her Senate race in 2018 against Kyrsten Sinema but was then appointed to the late Sen. John McCain’s seat. Independents in that poll chose Kelly, 50%-29%. In the new OH Predictive Insights poll, Kelly is ahead by 49%-42% with 8% undecided and independents favoring him, 58%-29%.  Trump is unpopular in Arizona, a state he needs to hold this fall, and Maine, which he lost in 2016 by only three percentage points. Trump's approval in Maine is 42%-56% and in Arizona it's 45%-51%.  In North Carolina, Democrats secured their preferred nominee when last week Cal Cunningham beat out a more progressive candidate Republicans were spending money to help nominate. Cunningham already leads incumbent Thom Tillis by 48%-43% in an NBC-Marist poll.  Biden leads Trump in polling in all three of these swing states -- Arizona, North Carolina and Maine.  In addition to the four most embattled senators, other campaigns will tax the time and money of the GOP in races that favor Republicans but Democrats could win in a wave election. In Iowa, Sen. Joni Ernst has seen her approval drop 10 points in the last year, when she was at 57%-47%. While 41% of voters, according to the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll, said they would definitely vote to reelect her, 31% said they would definitely not. Though the Hawkeye State is seen as more reliably Republican than a battleground, headwinds there for Ernst will require the GOP to invest heavily in a state President Obama won twice. In Georgia, Biden will attempt to turn out the coalition that has made him the presumptive nominee -- suburban moderates alienated from the GOP along with African Americans and non-college white moderates. In large numbers that group would imperil two Republican U.S. Senate seats there. This year, as Georgia has continued to grow more purple, not only is Trump ally Sen. David Perdue running for reelection, but Sen. Kelly Loeffler, appointed to the seat of former Sen. Johnny Isakson (who retired for health reasons), must run in a special election this November as well.  Texas will see an energized Democratic electorate as the party increased its turnout there in 2018 by more than 100% and Sen. Ted Cruz won by only 2.6 percentage points. The Texas GOP is trying to register 1 million new voters and is urging donors who have long sent their money around the country to please keep it in the Lonestar State. While Cruz said he believes Trump and John Cornyn will win Texas, he admitted “it will be hotly contested.”  Even in Kansas, Republicans will also be spending money they don't want to. Barbara Bollier, who was a Republican until a year ago, has a much better chance of beating Kris Kobach should he win the GOP nomination now that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declined to run. Kobach lost his gubernatorial run in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly, who will be able to help Bollier’s campaign. While it isn’t likely Kansas will turn blue, precious resources will have to be deployed there.  The other unique liability Republicans contemplate -- but never discuss -- is the potential that Trump cannot help them at all, even in states and districts where he wins. Tim Carney, a conservative writer for the Washington Examiner, wrote in November 2019 that Trump drags down Republicans “like an anchor” because he makes Trump voters (but not Republicans) out of working-class independents and Democrats but makes Democratic voters out of Republicans and independents. Added to the mix is high Democratic motivation and turnout, which has left Republicans losing elections in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in states across the country, including red ones like Kentucky and Kansas. If voters, who still see Trump as the opposite of the establishment, turn out for the president -- but not Tillis -- this fall in North Carolina, Tillis loses. This is because the voters someone like Tillis needs to count on are gone. “While Trump didn’t bring working class white-America into the GOP, he has caused a partisan realignment elsewhere: driving upper-middle class white America out of the GOP,” wrote Carney.  But Republicans are stuck with Trump. Stray and lose the base, or stay and fear the low ceiling as former Republicans stay home or vote Democratic. Currently, GOP senators are not only tied to him but most of their approval numbers are stuck in the low 40s, as are the president’s. And the answer to the coattails question will decide the Senate majority in November.  To mitigate against losses, Republicans are hoping Sen. Doug Jones will surrender his Senate seat in Alabama -- very likely -- and that John James can topple Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan. Biden’s performance in Tuesday’s primary is good news for Peters, not James. Voters in reliably Republican Livingston County, outside of Detroit, turned out in droves for Biden Tuesday, worrying Republicans who see Biden assembling the same coalition that elected Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin to that district in 2018 in a suburban-fueled wave. Trump had won the county by 30 points in 2016 but turnout increased there by more than 50% this week. And the day before Michigan voted, the Republican mayor of the all-important Macomb County -- home of the “Reagan Democrats” whom Obama and then Trump won -- announced that though he voted for Trump in 2016 he was now supporting Biden.  Collectively there are headwinds facing all Senate GOP incumbents, from the coronavirus to the impeachment trial Senate Republicans held without witnesses. It was an audacious gambit for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who knew a sham trial -- in defiance of between 65% and 75% of the public wanting witnesses -- could cost Republicans their majority. Besides Collins’ vote in favor of witnesses, none of the vulnerable Republicans inoculated themselves with support of censure or even statements criticizing the president's conduct. Diagnosing Biden with dementia, or investigating his son Hunter, may not be enough to stop the bleeding.  This week a Quinnipiac poll comparing Biden to Trump showed why Republicans prayed for Sanders. On the question of who could better handle a crisis, Biden beat Trump, 56%-40%. On the question of whether they are honest, Biden beat Trump, 51%-33%. On the question of who cares for average Americans, Biden beat Trump, 59%-43%.  Biden’s appeal to a wide range of voters, who are turning out in surprisingly high numbers, shows voters are afraid of a second term of Trump. Republicans hoped Sanders the socialist would be scarier. Biden has problems as a candidate, and he may not win. But right now the only people Joe Biden scares are Republican incumbents. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Rep. McSally Votes to Impose Toughest Sanctions Yet on North Korea

Oct. 26, 2017

U.S. Representative McSally this week supported Congressional action to ramp up pressure on Iran and North Korea. In a show of bipartisanship, the House overwhelmingly passed measures to hold Iran and North Korea accountable for their aggression and support of terrorism by imposing financial and secondary sanctions on the regimes and their proxies to target ballistic missile development and illicit activity. One measure, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act, includes the toughest sanctions Congress has ever levied on North Korea and is named in recognition of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was senselessly tortured and brutalized under Kim Jong-Un's dictatorship to the point of death. "Iran and North Korea--brutal regimes that show complete disregard for the value of human life-- have made it abundantly clear that they are focused on developing nuclear weapons to threaten the safety of the United States and our allies, including South Korea, Japan, and Israel. These bills, passed by the House this week with my support, will increase economic pressure and tie the hands of their enablers-- aiming to cut off their funding sources. Congress and the President must work together in a bipartisan fashion to protect the United States and our allies. This is an important first step," said Rep. McSally. The House passed the following bills with overwhelming bipartisan support: The Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act--imposes the toughest sanctions Congress has ever imposed on North Korea to cut off its ability to finance its weapons programs. This bill prevents financial institutions from knowingly facilitating transactions or providing financial services to individuals or entities that transact with persons in North Korea. The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act--requires a comprehensive investigation to identify and sanction the companies, banks, and individuals involved in Iran's regime program and penalizes those who violate international restrictions and trade weapons with Iran. Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act--sanctions regimes, like Syria, that provide weapons to Hezbollah, and restricts Hezbollah's ability to fundraise and recruit. Sanctioning Hezbollah's Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act--sanctions Hezbollah commanders who allow the use of human shields and sanctions any institution or individual who provides material support to human rights abuse. House Resolution 359--urges the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and apply pressure on its members.

US Rep. McSally: Opioid Addiction is Tearing our Communities Apart

Oct. 26, 2017

U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the Administration declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency: "Opioid addiction is a nationwide epidemic that's tearing our communities apart. Prescription painkillers, the very ones sitting in home medicine cabinets and on home bathroom counters, are killing thousands of Americans each year. Although their use often starts out harmless, these powerfully addictive substances are abused by 6.5 millions of Americans each year and cause more deaths than car accidents. We have felt this acutely in my district in Southern Arizona--Pima County had an overdose rate almost twice as high as any other county in Arizona. When the prescriptions run out or can't be found, these addicts then turn to illegal drugs. Over 80% of heroin users started out on prescription opioids. I applaud the Administration for calling our nationwide opioid epidemic what it really is: a public health emergency. Today's announcement is a necessary step--but it cannot be the final one. Congress and the President must work together to combat this emergency from all sides. I have and will continue to find legislative solutions to interrupt this deadly cycle and halt its spread." On June 5, 2017 Governor Doug Ducey declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in Arizona following the release of data showing an alarming increase of 74 percent of overdose deaths in the state over the past four years. Congresswoman McSally spearheaded legislation included in the 21st Century Cures Act, which, paired with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act she supported, will provide grants, gives treatment and prevention, and supports law enforcement in communities around the nation to combat this crisis. In May 2017, she voted for an increase of $781 million for fighting the opioid epidemic.

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