A top U.S. senator says Congress still has the same concerns over the planning and costs of moving Marines off Okinawa that have held up funding of the project for years.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made the comment Wednesday to reporters after being urged by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to free up federal spending for the redeployment of up to 8,000 Okinawa Marines to Guam and elsewhere in the Pacific.
The Senate has blocked nearly all spending on the $12.1 billion U.S. military plan to reduce its large troop presence on the island and spread the Marine forces across the region as part of a strategic pivot to the Pacific, saying the massive effort has no master plan and may be too costly.
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Comment: So the Marines don't have a plan and Senator McCain doesn't have a freaking clue and this is supposed to be news??? The truth is probably more along these lines; this greedy bastard hasn't gotten his cut yet. He probably wants a bigger one than what they originally offered and now he's blocking this till he gets his and then some. It's called politics...