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McCain: Expand Arlington National Cemetery Before Space Runs Out

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 06:35 PM

Sen. John McCain has a beef with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its plan to build a bus facility in lieu of expanding the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, which he says will run out of room in less than 10 years.

The Arizona Republican and Senate Armed Services chairman sent a letter to Army Secretary John M. McHugh, saying the idea to construct a bus maintenance facility is a bad one.

"It has recently come to my attention that efforts to work with Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation have stalled because of their insistence on an alignment that would reduce the number of interment sites and allow the county to construct a bus maintenance facility," McCain wrote in the letter.

"I am sure you would agree that we should instead pursue an alignment that maximizes the number of interment sites and places restrictions on the remaining property that ensure whatever is built reflects the solemnity of this national cemetery.

"It would be shameful to have to tell the family of a fallen American hero that there is no space available at Arlington National Cemetery, because rather than expand its grounds, Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation decided to build a bus maintenance facility," he continued.

"As things stand today, it is estimated that the cemetery will run out of interment sites in less than 10 years. However, including the adjacent properties would extend the life of the cemetery and allow another 7,600 interment sites to be added.

"As you proceed with discussions on this matter, as well as the transfer of property at Fort Monroe, I encourage you to pursue a solution that maximizes property for the cemetery and restricts incompatible use, and to use whatever tools available to you to ensure this outcome."

McCain has worked in Washington since becoming a congressman in 1983, and in 1987 he entered the Senate. A veteran and former POW, McCain has historically drawn much support among conservatives.

As McCain prepares to run for re-election next year, however, his support may be faltering. A poll in May found that voters want someone more conservative representing the state of Arizona.

Arlington National Cemetery includes several historic sites, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the grave of assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

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Sen. John McCain has a beef with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its plan to build a bus facility in lieu of expanding the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, which he says will run out of room in less than 10 years.
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