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
Iran continues to oppress its people and threaten Israel and the region.
Wanted to make sure you noticed the latest example of President Trump undermining American security and not knowing what’s happening in Congress.
Reports that Republicans are considering the use of “anomalies” in their continuing resolution as a backdoor to allow the Department of Defense to spend more, while other agencies are left at flat funding, are disquieting.
Today, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer joined House Democrats from 18 of the 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 in calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate action to protect state voting systems from cyberattacks and to bolster state election infrastructure.
The National Security Strategy announced by President Trump today highlights the disconnect between this Administration’s rhetoric and the reality of his presidency.
Today, the House overwhelmingly passed the Taylor Force Act, which would cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continues to reward convicted terrorists and their families for acts of violence. 
This morning, Michael Flynn stood in a court of law and admitted to lying to federal investigators about communications he had with the Russian government during his time as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. 
Today, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan defense authorization conference report for 2018, which invests in a strong national defense to meet the threats we face around the world.

President Trump's speech at the United Nations this morning was a missed opportunity to demonstrate true leadership in securing our nation and protecting our allies.


An act of terror cannot diminish the resolve of the British people, who have withstood every hardship in the fight to defend freedom and democracy.


North Korea's latest ballistic missile test is a clear provocation and risks destabilizing the entire region. The United States will continue to stand by our allies Japan and the Republic of Korea in a common defense against North Korean aggression.


President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military is shameful. Not only does it run contrary to the values of our nation and the counsel of our military leaders, but it undermines national security and military readiness.