Support Kingdom of Jordan in its Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis, ISIL Advance

October 10, 2014

Dear Colleague:
Since 1996, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been designated as a major non-NATO ally of the United States. With the Syrian conflict still ongoing, and the continued presence of ISIL dominating parts of Iraq and Syria – both of which share a border with Jordan – our current priority must be to support this important ally. Jordan has played a critical role in the international response to the Syrian conflict and subsequent humanitarian and refugee crises.

ATIONAL DEFENSE: Department of Defense’s Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Oiler Program

October 8, 2014

The Department of Defense’s (DOD)rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO(X)) program covered one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in […]

Stop DOD travel cuts from affecting civilian employees and businesses in your district

October 7, 2014

Dear Colleague,
Do you have federal employees in your district that have to travel as part of their jobs? Does your district host federal employees visiting while on official travel? If so, they need your help in preventing the Department of Defense from implementing a policy that will pinch their pocketbooks and dry up business for restaurants and hotels.

Support the Joint Strike Fighter Mark in the House-Passed FY15 Defense Appropriations Bill

October 7, 2014

Dear Colleague,
Please join us in supporting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter mark as part of the House-passed Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, and urge the Conferees to hold their position in negotiations with the Senate.

Command Senior Enlisted Leader Assignment

October 4, 2014

IMMEDIATE RELEASERelease No: NR-433-14 August 19, 2014 Command Senior Enlisted Leader Assignment The Office of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced today the following assignment: Command Sgt. Maj. William “Bill” Thetford, currently assigned to Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been selected to replace […]

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody

October 1, 2014

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “We should never forget the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made.  U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s combat-related PTSD is a life-threatening condition he acquired in defense of his country while serving on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and he needs to return to the United States for specific and […]

We Need an Independent NSA Inspector General

July 16, 2014

From: The Honorable Mark Sanford Sent By: Bill: H.R. 3436 Date: 7/16/2014 Dear Colleague: The Dept. of Defense, CIA, Dept. of Justice, and Dept. of Homeland Security each have independent Inspectors General (IG), and all have to undergo a formal Senate confirmation process before they can take their position. This process does not apply to the […]

New York Times Article on Detention Bed Mandate

July 16, 2014

From: The Honorable Theodore E. Deutch Sent By: Date: 7/16/2014 Dear Colleague, We would like to draw your attention to a recent editorial in the New York Times on the detention bed mandate.   As you are aware, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “maintain a level of not less than […]

Ensure Proper GAO Oversight of the Intelligence Community

July 16, 2014

While Members disagree over various aspects of our nation’s intelligence programs and activities, we should agree the legislative branch has the duty to conduct robust oversight of intelligence agencies.

Become a Co-Sponsors of H.R. 3914, the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act (v. 2)

July 12, 2014

From: The Honorable Bill Foster Sent By: Date: 7/12/2014 Current Co-sponsors: Quigley, Schakowsky, Holt, Lowenthal, Tonko, Veasey, Honda, and Roybal-Allard Dear Colleague, We are writing to encourage you to become a co-sponsor of the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act. This important legislation will help to address one of the most egregious human rights and due […]