National Security and Fighting for Our Veterans
On 9/11, our country was attacked on our home soil, and none of us who lived through that day can ever forget it. When we see attacks on innocent people across the world and the increase in terrorist activity in the United States it renews our concern of what could happen here again. Nothing is more important to me than keeping American families safe and secure.
In the U.S. Senate, I will focus on defeating ISIS and preventing them from attacking us on our soil.
In order to do that, we need to take strong, concrete action. I support an intensified effort to defeat ISIS that includes: increasing airstrikes, enhancing our intelligence efforts and engagement with our global partners, pushing Saudi Arabia and other partners in the Middle East to take responsibility for the security of their region, and bolstering our own homeland security. This war won’t be won by slogans and big talk, but by leadership that tackles these challenges with the sophistication and strength to get the job done.
While many Members of Congress talk a big game against ISIS, they have failed to specifically authorize the use of our armed forces against these terrorists. Refusing to pass an updated Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) sends mixed messages to the leaders of ISIS about our commitment to defeat them. Members of Congress in this country should also be honest with the American people about what needs to be done to defeat ISIS. And finally, passing an updated AUMF demonstrates our country’s support for our troops fighting this war.