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Issue Position: Protecting the Homeland and Our Security

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Issue Position: Protecting the Homeland and Our Security

Graham, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, has been "one of the strongest supporters of the president's" effort to bring hope to the people of Iraq and security to the United States. He understands the battle for the future of Iraq is not about the political moment. It's about the next decade and the decades to follow.

Graham was "a chief architect" of the Military Commissions Act (MCA). The legislation establishes the procedures and rules for trying some of the terrorist detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It also ensures terrorists cannot sue American troops. At the White House bill signing ceremony on the MCA, Graham was among a select group of lawmakers who stood on stage with President Bush who labeled the law as "one of the most important pieces of legislation in the War on Terror."

Graham introduced and passed into law legislation allowing families and members of the National Guard and Reserves to enroll year-around in TRICARE, the military health care system, for a monthly premium.

As a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Graham is the only member of the United States Senate who continues to serve in the military.


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