Please join me in advancing U.S. maritime security and ensuring our freedom of navigation efforts are held accountable to U.S. national security interests. In recent years some of the biggest assaults on the freedom of the seas have gone unanswered by the
Executive branch, specifically by the Defense Department’s Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs), jeopardizing our maritime security. Equally as alarming, Congress and the American people have no formal channel to learn which threats go unanswered by the
FONOPs, and have been forced to rely on leaks and news reports. This is why I will be introducing
the Maritime Security Accountability Act to make more information about FONOPs available to Congress and to help ensure a robust response to the most serious threats to our maritime security.