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
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking for a delay in the lifting of certain Russia sanctions, now that bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate have indicated their disapproval of such a move. 
I'm offering this resolution today because it is deeply concerning that the Treasury Department would terminate sanctions from companies owned by Oleg Deripaska.  Mr. Deripaska is a Russian oligarch, meaning he's very, very wealthy. 
The deadly attack in Syria was a horrific reminder that the battle against ISIS continues.
Today, I am introducing a resolution to prevent the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on businesses owned by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who has been sanctioned for his close relationship to President Putin and activities aimed at harming the interests of the United States.
It is unconscionable that a President of the United States would sit in the White House and say that Iran and its proxies ought to be allowed to take up positions on the borders of our closest regional allies.  
The principled resignation of Secretary Mattis is stark evidence of the dangerous and irresponsible defense and foreign policies being pursued by President Trump.
I am troubled by the President's seemingly sudden and poorly thought-out decision to withdraw American forces from Syria at a time when serious issues remain unresolved.
We can pass [the Senate] bill [to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation].
By selectively declassifying documents relating to the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, the President is once again showing he has no regard for the rule of law and is putting his own interests ahead of the country’s. 
Having been signed by someone who takes the word of Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence agencies and called on Russia during the 2016 campaign to commit cyberattacks against our elections, today’s executive order is not going to make anyone believe that President Trump really cares about securing our elections against foreign interference. 
I condemn unequivocally the Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians.  No country should sit by while its citizens are harmed and threatened.