Keeping America Safe and Serving our Veterans
As a Member of Congress, I believe that I have no greater responsibility than keeping America safe. I believe that American leadership in the world is the best way to promote safety and security for the American people, our allies, and our interests.
During the last eight years, President Obama has pursued a very different foreign policy. American retreat and disengagement has made the world a much less stable and a much more dangerous place.
The weakness of the President’s foreign policy and U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East have allowed our adversaries – ISIL, Russia, Iran, the Taliban, Al Qaeda – to fill the vacuum, grow stronger, and become a much greater threat to our homeland and our interests.
Meanwhile our allies have all become more threatened and more vulnerable. Radical Islamic terrorists have stepped up their attacks across Europe and even in the United States.
In fact, there is not a single place in the world which is safer or more stable today, or where our adversaries are weaker, or where our allies are stronger than on the day President Obama took office.
Clearly, we need a new strategy not to contain ISIL, but to eliminate them.
I have worked to disrupt terrorist financing as a member of the Committee on Financial Services Task Force to Investigate Terrorist Financing.
Because a nuclear Iran is a threat to America and the world, I strongly opposed and voted against the Iran Nuclear Deal. This deal will allow the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to acquire nuclear weapons in as little as ten years, and gives Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief which it can then use to support its terrorist proxies.
And to deny terrorists entry into our country – I oppose the President’s open-ended Syrian refugee resettlement program. We know that ISIL terrorists are trying to infiltrate the flows of refugees leaving Syria, and the Director of the FBI and the Director of Homeland Security have both said we do not have the ability to properly screen these individuals. I voted to pause the program until our nation’s top security officials certify that the screening process meets the highest standards and we can be certain that those who come to our county do not have bad intentions.
To promote our national security it is also essential that we give our military men and women the resources they need, and that we take care of those who have served our nation in uniform.
I established a Sixth District Veterans’ Coalition, which meets quarterly, so that I can hear directly from veterans and solicit their input and advice regarding legislation and military matters.
I have fought to reduce the VA’s shameful disability claims backlog, and voted for numerous reforms to the VA so that all veterans have access to the benefits they were promised and earned. I also sponsored legislation to allow survivors of sexual assault in the military to receive the treatment of their choice outside of the VA system.
We can never repay those who were willing to give their lives to preserve our security, freedom, and way of life. But I will always work to make sure we keep our promises to them and to fight to keep our country safe.