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
President Trump continues to try to undermine Americans’ independent law enforcement institutions in order to defend himself against the special counsel’s investigation. 
While diplomacy with our adversaries is fundamental to a smart approach in foreign affairs, it must be carried out wisely and in concert with our allies.
These latest attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against civilians in Israel underscore the danger facing our ally every day.
This week, House and Senate Democrats unveiled the newest plank in our Better Deal agenda: “A Better Deal for Our Democracy.”  Too many Americans have come to see government as dysfunctional and ineffective at making opportunities more broadly available. 
This letter is a sad example of the petulance and shallowness of the foreign policy being pursued by this President.
Mr. Speaker, a moment of silence is not enough.
Israel has every right to defend itself against attack from across its borders, and its actions this morning were entirely justified.
The chemical attack in Douma was a horrific violation of international law and a crime against humanity.
Decorated members of the military who have experienced combat firsthand are speaking out against the Trump Administration’s hateful ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.
President Trump’s bigoted views against transgender people should not be allowed to drive our defense policies.  
Nearly every week this year, a community has been impacted by a school shooting, and I am appalled and angered that one occurred in my district at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland on Tuesday.