May 30, 2012
PHOENIX — Mayor Greg Stanton will meet with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and members of the Aerospace Industries Association Monday in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to protect thousands of jobs at risk of cuts to defense programs.
The meetings come in advance of Stanton leading a national task force with other mayors from around the country to protect high-wage jobs in aerospace and defense.
“I am honored to have the support of Sen. John McCain, who is fighting in Washington to protect our armed forces from sequester cuts and who clearly recognizes the need for city mayors to work with Washington to protect critical defense jobs,” Stanton said.
Arizona companies have the fifth highest number of defense contracts in the nation led by Honeywell, Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. The contracts create high-wage jobs, but because of partisan politics in Washington, the jobs are at risk from the federal government’s failure to deal with looming indiscriminate cuts to Pentagon programs.
With McCain and aerospace industry representatives, Stanton will discuss the looming cuts to defense and ways he and mayors from across the country can help protect jobs in their respective cities. Stanton will lead the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Defense Task Force June 13-15 in Orlando, Fla. to propose a way forward that protects jobs and ensures our nation’s military is on the cutting edge of defense.
To schedule an interview with Mayor Stanton in Washington, D.C., please email Communication Director Sarah Muench at firstname.lastname@example.org.