Crucially, that protection comes not only in the form of military defense against foreign powers, but also in the form of protecting our health, safety, and well-being from domestic threats.
The EPA protects our rivers, lakes, and the air we breathe. The current members of Congress voted to end a protection that would have prevented coal mining companies from polluting rivers. The vote was an attempt to claim they were protecting coal jobs. But that was a lie.
Attacks on the EPA continue. We don't face a choice between protecting jobs or protecting our drinking water. We can do both at the same time.
In the aftermath of the global economic meltdown we suffered in 2008, Congress put protections in place to prevent Wall Street from undermining the stability of our financial system. Those protections are under attack by Congress and the White House. We should not be complacent and assume those protections are perfect. But we must safeguard the system from bad actors.