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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

National Security

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The safety of Americans from terrorism and other threats must be our number one national security priority. Our nation needs effective responses to emerging threats, and as a Member of Congress, I am working hard to ensure that our nation remains vigilant against all threats facing our communities at home and our men and women in uniform serving abroad.

Keeping our nation safe starts by providing all military personnel and their families with the quality care and financial support they deserve, regardless of whether they are on active duty, inactive duty, or retired. We will not find solutions to our country’s fiscal challenges by chipping away at the benefits promised to these brave men and women. Significantly reducing the hard-earned benefits of our servicemembers and retirees today will only hurt military retention and readiness in the long run. 

Ensuring our nation is equipped to combat international threats also means providing adequate resources to critical national security programs. However, in these tough economic times, all agencies need to be examining their budgets for savings — including the Department of Defense. As Congress continues to tackle challenging fiscal decisions, I will fight to increase efficiencies and reduce waste in defense spending to ensure funding for our national security never comes at the expense of funding for domestic programs that millions of middle-class families rely on.

In addition to supporting our military, I strongly believe American foreign policy must address the challenges of global health, poverty, and international development. Aiding the world's most vulnerable populations is not only our moral obligation, but also a vital investment in addressing and preventing future crises abroad from threatening our own security and prosperity. America currently spends less than 1 percent of its federal budget on foreign aid, but these relatively modest investments we make in promoting health education, providing humanitarian assistance, and partnering with less developed countries advance our national security interests abroad.

In addition, the growing number of cyberattacks shows the need to prioritize combating the increasing threats emanating from cyberspace. The long-term security of our nation — including the safety of our power grid, U.S. businesses, and communities across the country — depends on ensuring we have the tools and preparation to counter 21st century threats. In doing so, Congress must balance our nation’s security needs with protections for individual civil liberties that are a foundation of our country.

More on National Security

May 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after President Trump fired the Director of the FBI, who was actively investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia:
Apr 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced H.R. 2231, which establishes a Joint Commission on North Korea, and would include government officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea, among others in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region, as a diplomatic effort to stop North Korea’s hostile actions.
Mar 1, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), joined by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Denny Heck (WA-10), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), released the following statement in response to Monday evening’s bomb threat that lead to the evacuation of the Mercer Island Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island, Washington:
Feb 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped introduce the Presidential Trade Transparency Act to require the President to disclose foreign income, assets and liabilities when initiating trade or investment negotiations with a foreign country.
Feb 15, 2017 Press Release
As the critical relationship between the United States and Canada is in the spotlight after Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington, D.C., several members of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus are sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cautioning against the existing proposal requiring implementation of biometric screening at Land Ports of Entry (LPOE). 
Feb 1, 2017 In The News
SEATTLE - Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-07, and other Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee are asking for an emergency briefing before all House members, on the extreme vetting executive order and its chaotic rollout over the weekend. A letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cites “urgency, widespread confusion and dangerous impact of the Executive Order,” and requests a briefing by the end of the week in response to President Donald Trump's order to temporarily ban immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim majority countries.
Feb 1, 2017 In The News
At 4:42 p.m. EST last Friday, when President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order banning refugees and specific travelers from entering the U.S., it launched a nationwide explosion of resistance, from the airports to the streets to the courts. In Seattle, that resistance was just as swift from elected officials and attorneys as from local residents.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
Washington politicians are demanding answers after the weekend scuffle over immigration at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
They were running for the gate, the two attorneys, one specializing in immigration law, the other a Port of Seattle commissioner. They knew they might not make it in time. An Emirates airplane was about to leave for Dubai at just after 5 p.m. Saturday, and on it were two men who had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They had been told they could not stay because of an order signed the day before by President Trump.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
When Courtney Gregoire read about the chaos unfolding in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport Saturday morning, she began to wonder how President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would play out in Seattle. Gregoire, an attorney and the daughter of former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, is a commissioner of the Port of Seattle, which oversees the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. So she picked up the phone to ask.