McCain set to control US defense policy in powerful Senate role

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385012_mccainSen. John McCain previously served as the Armed Services Committee’s ranking member.

Thu Nov 6, 2014 2:37PM GMT

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Senator John McCain, one of the loudest critics of President Obama on foreign policy, is expected to chair the powerful Armed Services Committee in the new Republican-controlled Senate.

McCain, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, has frequently criticized the Obama administration on a range of defense and foreign policy issues, including the troop drawdown from Iraq and a reluctance to supply lethal arms to Ukraine as well as militants in Syria.

As Armed Services Committee chairman, McCain would have an influential role in spearheading hawkish policies from Congress.

The Arizona Republican would be involved in writing the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets policies on military spending, military bases, and weapons programs.

Defense analysts say McCain would probably push for tougher congressional…

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