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Last fall, the Me Too movement ignited when celebrities began speaking out with stories of sexual harassment and violence allegedly perpetrated by titans in Hollywood like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer in the media. In November 2017, 223 women in the national
security field—current and former diplomats, civil servants, servicemembers, and development workers—signed an open letter with the hashtag #metoonatsec, declaring that “assault and harassment are just as much a problem for women working on the night-shift
cleaning offices as it is for diplomats.”
On behalf of the Congressional UXO/Demining Caucus, we are pleased to invite you to the
Caucus Kick-Off Reception and Exhibition. This event will be held on Thursday November 29 from 5-7 pm in Cannon 421. The event will feature opening remarks from the Caucus co-chairs, remarks by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Stability and Humanitarian Affairs Mark Swayne, Director of State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) Stanley L. Brown, and a hands-on display of demining equipment and inert ordnance and a mine-detecting dog team. Drinks and food will
be provided in accordance with Congressional Ethics Rules.
Please join us in co-sponsoring H.R. 4912, the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act, bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the American women who volunteered and worked on the home front during World War II.
In recent years, multiple lawsuits have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) detailing pervasive sexual abuse and cover ups that have raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of former, current, and future members of the organization.
Additionally, recent reports have alleged that BSA engaged in attempts to shield volunteers it knew to be child predators and worked to advocate
against proposals in states such as Georgia, Michigan, and New York that would make is easier for survivors of child sexual abuse to report. These actions are especially concerning since BSA announced it plans to change its name to Scouts BSA in February
2019, and will expand its membership to include young women and girls, starting with the Cub Scouts this past summer.
I urge you to join me in writing to Secretary of the Air Force
Dr. Heather Wilson to express concern over the lack of transparency into the
Air Force’s planned B-21 Raider long range strike bomber. Nearly all aspects of the B-21 are highly classified, making Congressional oversight difficult and transparency to taxpayers nearly impossible. I strongly believe that the Air Force
can protect the sensitive technical capabilities of the aircraft from disclosure while ensuring that Congress and the American people get answers on the basic facts of this program.
I urge you to join me in writing to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Kirstjen Nielsen to clarify her recent letter to members of Congress on election security. She writes that DHS has taken many steps to secure the 2018 elections from cyber threats. However, I remain concerned that there are still steps the
Department must take, and that our progress on election security must not remain static.
I urge you to join me in writing to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army to request the release of an unclassified Army study on the Iraq War. According to an October 22, 2018 article in the
Wall Street Journal, in 2013, then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno commissioned a study to provide the service with detailed lessons learned from the war in Iraq. The study was finished in 2016 but has not yet been released reportedly because
of concerns of how the Army might be portrayed and which part of the Army should have review authority.
Please join me in calling on Secretary Mattis to prevent TransDigm’s acquisition of Esterline. TransDigm’s business model involves purchasing sole providers of certain DOD items and significantly raising the prices. The company is currently trying to acquire
Esterline, the sole DOD provider of chaff and one of two flare vendors. Both of these products have been identified as supply chain national security risks by the Trump Administration.
The Trump Administration’s unconditional embrace of Saudi Arabia has damaged U.S. moral leadership. After the killing of thousands of civilians in Yemen, jailing of Saudi women activists, and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it is time for a fundamental
change in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Please join me in calling on the Trump Administration to end support for the war in Yemen, suspend arms sales, and sanction Saudis under the Magnitsky Act until Saudi Arabia shows that it takes human rights concerns seriously
and rolls back its destabilizing activities.