McCain concluded his 6-minute exhortation by saying that "Congress must step up. With so much division and discord throughout the country today, national service can help bring our country closer together." The full text is below the video.
McCain notes that 15,000 people in Arizona have served more than 16 million hours in the state through Americorps programs and grants; currently, Americorps reports there are 49 active projects in Arizona with more than 3,300 "participants."
McCain was not always a fan of the Americorps program, though. For a FLASHBACK to McCain's Senate floor speech before the program's passage, please click here.
Text courtesy of Sen. McCain's website, and is below the jump:
REMARKS BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON CIVILIAN NATIONAL SERVICE ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. SENATE
September 23, 2013
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