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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

National Security

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Keeping Americans safe from the threats posed by terrorism and our foreign adversaries must always be our number one national security priority. In today’s challenging security environment, we need to ensure we are developing smart responses to emerging threats, and as a member of Congress, I am working hard to ensure that our nation remains vigilant against all dangers facing our communities at home and our men and women in uniform serving abroad.

Our nation’s safety starts with providing all military personnel and their families with the quality care and financial support they deserve. That’s why during the last session of Congress, I worked across the aisle to pass legislation safeguarding health coverage for National Guard members during natural disasters, as well as an amendment helping military spouses find new employment when servicemembers are relocated to support our national security. We cannot meet our homeland security challenges by chipping away at the benefits promised to the brave men and women who risk their lives to serve our nation. 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 threats also means providing adequate resources to essential national security programs that reflect the dangers we face today. For example, widespread cyberattacks make it clear we need to prioritize programs and systems aimed at shoring up our cybersecurity and combating threats emanating from state and non-state actors. 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 these 21st century threats. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, it’s also clear these efforts must include protecting the integrity of our democratic processes.

While we need to sustain funding for programs that are critical to our national security, 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 keep fighting to increase efficiencies and reduce waste to ensure unnecessary defense spending never comes at the expense of funding for domestic programs that serve as lifelines for millions of middle-class families.

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, and have a direct impact on our safety at home.


More on National Security

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which included Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act (H.R. 1103) to close a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. The NDAA now heads to the Senate before reaching the President’s desk.
Jul 10, 2017 In The News
Congressional surveillance reform advocates are attempting to use the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to rein in post-9/11 warrantless mass surveillance programs. If the recent past is any guide, the House GOP leadership will do everything it can to ensure their amendments never get a vote on the House floor. Click here for the whole story.
Jul 6, 2017 In The News
Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Washington Democrat, discusses North Korea's escalating threats against the U.S. with Bloomberg's David Gura on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg) Click here for the video.
Jun 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Armed Services Committee today added Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan bill to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), closing a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse.
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.