Defense and National Security

Keeping America safe is Congress’ most important duty.  Democrats are focused on strengthening U.S. national security and restoring America’s leadership in the world.  That includes deploying the full arsenal of US power – diplomatic, development, and military tools – to maintain America’s standing in a troubled world.  President Trump, on the other hand, continues to undermine national security and make America less safe.   With each tweet, Trump erodes US prestige.  He has presented no plan or strategy for the gravest threats facing our nation, including strategies to address the situations in Syria, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, or Yemen.   He refused to affirm NATO’s Article 5 and the common defense of our allies or take a stand against Putin’s Russia, which has sowed doubt among US allies.  He seeks to cut the diplomatic and development tools that are necessary to maintain order.  Trump’s Muslim Ban erodes America’s safety by providing ISIS and other terror groups with a potent tool for recruitment and radicalization, and his ban on transgender troops serving in the Armed Forces harms our military’s readiness and undermines the values for which U.S. troops risk their lives.   

Defense and National Security Related
I am pleased that the House was able once more to come together today and pass a bipartisan bill to reauthorize critical intelligence programs that keep our country safe. 
7/17/19
Today, the House voted to disapprove of the Trump Administration’s ill-conceived decision to allow the sale of sensitive military equipment and munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which continue to prosecute a war in Yemen whose main outcome has been an unmitigated humanitarian disaster and military stalemate.
7/17/19
Democrats brought to the Floor this week a defense authorization bill fully in line with longstanding tradition of supporting our military and providing an open process for both sides to offer amendments and have their defense priorities considered.
7/12/19
Ahead of tomorrow’s vote on final passage of the NDAA, we wanted to bring your attention to what Ranking Member Thornberry said on the House Floor during debate of the NDAA for fiscal year 2016 on October 1, 2015:
7/11/19
This morning, the House Armed Services Committee marked up a defense authorization bill for 2020 that will keep America safe and defend our allies and interests abroad. It is shameful that all but two Republicans on the Committee chose to make this vote partisan. 
6/13/19
The President’s comments demonstrate contempt for the Constitution he has sworn to uphold and the institutions of our democracy. 
6/13/19
Yet again, we see that this President and his team have no clear strategy on how to deal effectively with Iran. 
5/24/19
"After President Trump failed to secure funding from Congress for his expensive and ineffective border wall, he declared that he intends to subvert the will of Congress and the American people and take funds away from our military and other defense priorities to pay for it. 
5/10/19
Iran continues to be a malign actor in its region and around the world, sowing instability in Syria and Yemen, positioning forces across Israel’s northern border, supporting violent terrorism, and threatening the United States and our allies.
5/8/19
Contrary to Attorney General Barr's assertion, the redacted report by Special Counsel Mueller is a damning recitation of lies, misinformation, and malfeasance
4/19/19
The Special Counsel's report makes clear that Russia 'interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion.' 
4/18/19
President Trump has made it clear with this veto that he will stand in the way of bipartisan opposition in Congress to continued U.S. involvement in Yemen, and it is deeply disappointing that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled that he will not pursue an override of the veto, which would need to happen before the House can act. 
4/17/19
Today, Congress heard from Secretary-General Stoltenberg about the challenges NATO member states face and how critical it is that we continue to face them together. 
4/3/19
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the resolution, introduced by my friend, the gentleman from Massachusetts, [Representative Joe] Kennedy.
3/28/19
Last night, I made a comment during my remarks that was, unfortunately, misinterpreted, and I want to make sure there is no ambiguity about what I said. 
3/25/19
will carefully review Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s report, but I will not be satisfied until the full report and all underlying evidence is made available.
3/24/19
I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency.  But I have visited Israel some fifteen times, and I have seen the courage of its people and their enduring spirit to make their country flourish. 
 
3/24/19
I have been clear from the start of the Special Counsel’s investigation: Congress and the American people deserve to know what his investigation has uncovered, including information about Russia’s efforts to undermine our democracy, allegations of the President obstructing justice, and any other potential criminal conduct by government officials. 
3/22/19
Last night’s announcement is a betrayal of the thousands of transgender patriots who have served or have been preparing to serve our country in uniform.
3/13/19
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Chairman [Eliot] Engel, [House Armed Services Committee] Chairman [Adam] Smith, Representative [Ro] Khanna, and others for ensuring that the House expresses its views on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
2/13/19
Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.
2/11/19
Congress must take action to protect the special counsel’s investigation, in light of today’s arrest of Roger Stone and the other indictments of the President’s close associates.
1/25/19
The people of Venezuela have suffered under the yoke of the Chavez-Maduro regime and yearn for a return to democracy.  
1/23/19
Thank you very much, Jimmy. Congressman Panetta, of course, comes from a family that has made extraordinary contributions to the defense of our country and to the strengthening of our alliances.
1/22/19