Bill Foster

From the office of:

Bill Foster

Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that Former Ambassador John Bolton would serve as his next National Security Advisor, replacing General H.R. McMaster. John Bolton was a leading architect of the Iraq War and is known for his radical views. He
has continuously advocated for launching a first-strike against North Korea and scuttling the Nuclear Agreement with Iran without specifying viable nonmilitary alternatives. Simply put, John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor puts the United
States dangerously close to a path to war.

Established by the National Security Act of 1947, the National Security Council (NSC) has evolved over the years from a statutorily mandated meeting of cabinet-level officials into a complex system of coordination, adjudication, and policy formulation executed
by a large professional staff. This expansion of authority has allowed the NSC to set strategy across a wide spectrum of domestic and international issues. Yet the appointment of the head of the organization, the National Security Advisor, does not require
the advice and consent of the Senate.

That is why I am introducing legislation that would require the National Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of the United States to be confirmed by the Senate. In the time before a confirmed candidate takes office, these
duties would continue to be performed by an Acting Advisor and Acting Deputy Advisor from the professional staff of the NSC. Furthermore, nothing in this proposal interferes with the President’s ability to appoint other confidential advisors.

While it remains critical to give the President flexibility when hiring personal assistants and advisors, the NSC and National Security Advisor have continually played an increased role in policymaking. Other high-level positions within the Executive Office
of the President, such as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Management and Budget, are already subject to Senate confirmation. As the National Security Advisor now oversees a large and operationally oriented staff,
congressional oversight is necessary and Senate confirmation for the appointment is essential.

If you have any questions, or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Scott Shewcraft in my office at


Bill Foster

Member of Congress

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