When it comes to defending our homeland and supporting our men and women in uniform, the federal government has no higher responsibility than to "provide for the common defense." It is our Constitutional duty to protect American interests both at home and abroad.
In order to protect Americans at home, we must deter those who wish to do harm to us. We should not be foolish enough to believe that we can inadequately fund our military yet retain our superior position in the world. We must be vigilant in defying the threats we continue face -- Iran and North Korea continue to pursue nuclear weapons technology in bold defiance; radical Islamists seek to undermine democracy and freedoms; and the future still looks uncertain for Afghanistan and Iraq. And we can't forget that countries like China and Russia continue to advance in their technology and military while we propose cutting ours.
Our homeland depends on a strong, robust military. We can and must seek fiscal responsibility while also providing our troops the resources and support they need. We must not forget that we are a country at war, and everyday our soldiers sacrifice and dedicate their lives to protect us all.
I support the following legislation, which will help ensure a stronger, safer America:
* H.R. 1905, Iran Threat Reduction Act
* H.R. 2105, Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act
* H.R. 2106, Syria Freedom Support Act
* H.R. 2457 Palestinian Accountability Act
* H.R. 3676, Amending NDAA Detainee Provisions
* H.R. 1501, Withholding U.S. contributions to the UN until the UN retracts the final report of the "UN
Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict"