Issue Position: A Strong National Defense
Coloradans consistently tell Bob they do not want a weak national defense. They do not want our American way of life and our national interests threatened by radical totalitarian theocrats, hostile dictators, or stateless terrorist
In a dangerous world, where threats range from stateless terror cells fueled by radicalism to rogue states bent on gaining nuclear weapon capabilities, Bob Schaffer believes these threats are serious. Bob believes we must defend America and her allies. To do this we must continue to maintain the best-equipped, best-trained and most professional military in the world.
Know the Difference:
-Supports the Department of Defense and keeping our military well equipped and well trained. (H.R. 2266. RC Vote #442: 09/25/97; H.R. 4103. RC Vote #471: 09/28/98; H.R. 2561. RC Vote #494: 10/13/99; H.R. 4576. RC Vote #413: 07/19/00; H.R. 3338. RC Vote #510: 12/20/01; H.R. 5010. RC Vote #457: 10/10/02)
-Regards defense spending as a high priority.
-Supported America's removal of Saddam Hussein in the war against radical totalitarian Jidahism. (H.J.Res. 64, RC Vote #342, 9/14/01; H.J.Res. 114, RC Vote #455, 10/10/02)
-Supports an orderly withdrawal from Iraq based on achievement of objectives instead of an arbitrary, date-certain withdrawal.
-Supports measures to defend against commercial airline terrorism. (Rocky Mountain News 5/29/2008)
-Supports defense spending. (H.R. 1664, RC Vote #118, 5/6/99)
-Supports defense spending. (H.R. 4205, RC Vote #194, 5/18/00)
-Opposes an across-the-board cut on military programs. (Rocky Mountain News, 3/29/08)
- Supports waiving certain acquisition regulations to obtain equipment needed to prevent combat fatalities. (HR 4323, RC Vote #234, 5/14/04)
-Supports a robust national missile defense program. (H.R. 4, RC Vote #59, 3/18/99; H.R. 5010, RC Vote #269, 6/27/02)
-Supports funding for schools that allow military recruiters on campus to offer careers to students. (H.R. 4577, RC Vote #266, 6/13/00)
-Supports anti-terrorism law. (H.R. 3162, RC Vote #398, 10/23/01)
-Supports increased deportation of terrorist aliens by deporting on the basis of terrorist-related grounds of inadmissibility.
-Supports military assistance to prevent terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. (HR 4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00)
-Supports tax relief to individuals and businesses directly affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (HR 3529, RC Vote #509, 12/20/01)
-Supports allowing military personnel to vote on base instead of having to mail in absentee ballots. (HR 5174, RC Vote #528, 10/12/00)
-Supports (sponsored) the Kucinich bill to take billions from the military to create a Department of Peace. (Summit Daily News, 4/8/03)
-Regards defense spending as the "lowest priority." Representative Mark Udall: Congressional 2000 National Political Awareness Test," Project Vote Smart
-Opposed America's removal of Saddam Hussein. (Mark Udall, Fundraising Letter, 10/19/07),
-Supported America's removal of Saddam Hussein. (H.J.Res. 118, Introduced 10/7/02, Sponsor: MarkUdall).
-Supports a date-certain withdrawal from Iraq (H.R. 2956, RC Vote #624, July 12, 2007)
-Opposed a date-certain withdrawal from Iraq. (Mark Udall, Congressional Record, May 10, 2007).
-Opposes measures to defend against commercial airline terrorism. (Rocky Mountain News 5/29/2008)
-Opposed defense spending by voting to cut defense spending by $1.2 billion in 1999. (H.R. 1664, RC Vote #118, 5/6/99)
-Opposed defense spending by voting to cut defense spending by $3 billion in 2000. (H.R. 4205, RC Vote #194, 5/18/00)
-Supports an across-the-board cut on military programs. (Rocky Mountain News, 3/29/08)
-Opposes waiving certain acquisition regulations to obtain equipment needed to prevent combat fatalities. (HR 4323, RC Vote #234, 5/14/04)
-Opposes national missile defense program. (H.R. 4, RC Vote #59, 3/18/99; H.R. 5010, RC Vote #269, 6/27/02)
-Opposes funding for schools that ban military recruiters from campus to offer careers to students. (H.R. 4577, RC Vote #266, 6/13/00)
-Opposes anti-terrorism law. (H.R. 3162, RC Vote #398, 10/23/01)
-Opposes increased deportation of terrorist aliens by deporting on the basis of terrorist-related grounds of inadmissibility. (H.R. 10, RC Vote #516, 10/8/04)
-Opposes military assistance to prevent terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. (HR 4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00)
-Opposes tax relief to individuals and businesses directly affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (HR 3529, RC Vote #509, 12/20/01)
-Opposes allowing military personnel to vote on base instead of having to mail in absentee ballots. (HR 5174, RC Vote #528, 10/12/00)
Bob Schaffer's Vision for Keeping America Safe:
Bob has made several policy presentations to citizen groups and civic organizations throughout Colorado over the past year. The topic of America's national security and military strength is a frequent theme. Following are some of the ideas Bob has proposed on the campaign trail:
* Make America's national defense a very high priority. There are too many in Washington who regard our national defense as a low priority. The cost of such neglect is weak diplomacy, low morale among the troops and higher battlefield risk. Bob will always hold America's national defense as a very high priority.
* Support America's troops in the field. Bob has a keen understanding of what is at stake in the struggle against the totalitarian theocracy represented by radical jihadists. America's troops have performed above and beyond the call of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe in this effort. Bob believes we must continue to provide them with the best equipment, training, backup, leadership and planning they need to be successful in everything they do.
* Support the military's presence in Colorado. Our state is home to multiple bases and installations representing all branches of the U.S. military. They are an important part of our citizenry, economy and security. Bob has always been a strong advocate for the military and he will continue in that tradition in the U.S. Senate.
* Have the military lead America's energy independence. A new Defense Department position should be created to manage the military's overall energy needs. The U.S. military consumes 340,000 barrels of oil per day -- 1.5% of the national oil consumption. The entire military should be pushed to employ all manner of energy-saving measures, including using lighter metals, using hybrid engines - even shutting off lights and lowering thermostats at bases. To free up billions in private research investments, Congress should allow longer-term military contracts with alternative fuel suppliers, engine manufacturers and other alternative technology providers.
* Improve education for warriors. Bob supports efforts to increase education benefits for active-duty personnel. To encourage careers in the military, benefits should gradually become even more generous after 12 years of services.
* Give service members authority to transfer education benefits. Soldiers should be given the option to transfer their education benefits to spouses and dependent children - half the benefits after 6 years of service and 100% of benefits after 12 years of service.
* Increase education benefits. Bob supports increasing education benefits to $1,200 per month from $880 per month for Guard and Reserve members called for active duty since September 11, 2001. Bob supports additional benefit increases for those who serve in the Selective Reserve for 12 years or more and for other members of the Guard and Reserves.
* More student loan flexibility. Bob supports allowing service members to use up to $6,000 per year of their Montgomery G.I. Bill to repay federal student loans.
* Promoting career officers through education. Service academy graduates and Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps officers who continue serving beyond their initial commitment should be given access to Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits.
* Pursue other strategies for a strong national security. Bob supports more strategies for a strong national security - some may be added to this list at a later date. If you have further ideas on how to promote a stronger national defense, please share them with Bob's campaign.
Bob Schaffer's Record on National Security:
* Bob consistently voted to fully fund our troops and provide them with the best equipment and training while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. (H.R. 2266. RC Vote #442: 09/25/97; H.R. 4103. RC Vote #471: 09/28/98; H.R. 2561. RC Vote #494: 10/13/99; H.R. 4576. RC Vote #413: 07/19/00; H.R. 3338. RC Vote #510: 12/20/01; H.R. 5010. RC Vote #457: 10/10/02)
* Bob was one of the Congress' most active advocates for a strong missile defense program.
* Bob co-sponsored legislation allowing America's missile defense program to move forward which was signed into law. (P.L. 106-038, 7/22/99)
* Bob supported efforts on the Colorado State Board of Education to extend better education opportunities to the children of military personnel stationed in Colorado.
* Bob pushed for an expanded mission and additional facilities for the 137th Space Squadron in Greeley - one of the most significant operations in the entire National Guard system.
* Bob worked to spearhead expediting funding $15.1 million for construction of a new Mobilization and Training Equipment site at Fort Carson meeting modern environmental and safety standards. (P.L. 106-246, 7/13/00)
* Bob worked to spearhead expediting funding of $6 million for construction of a new Joint Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex at Buckley AFB. (P.L. 106-246, 7/13/00)
* Bob supported many other proposals to promote America's national security and military strength throughout the time he served in the Colorado State Senate, the US House of Representatives and as Vice Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education.