National Security/Armed Services

National Security

A prosperous nation must also ensure the security of its residents.    As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security I am committed to continuing to improvement our nation’s defenses through practical, reasonable means, and without unduly intruding on individual liberties. 

Gun Violence

The threat of gun violence has become all too familiar and presents the most immediate threat to people throughout the nation.  Furthermore, national polls indicate that a majority of Americans are in favor of some form of gun control legislation.  To me, this signals that Congress must act urgently to enact common-sense regulations.  In the past year, I have introduced three separate bills which take aim at this very issue.  These three bills include the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2019, which would continue to guarantee Americans the right to bear arms while adding background checks and requiring proper training for gun owners. 

Armed Services

The United States military is among the greatest fighting forces this world has ever seen, but it is not without its issues.  Some of those who enlist to serve their country will experience abuse or sexual violence in the military and will be left without any useful mechanism to seek justice.  I’m proud to have cosponsored the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2019 which would provide legal support for women and men who find themselves in this unthinkable position.  I also recognize the disparity in veteran’s healthcare between men and women and support legislation such as the Deborah Sampson Act.  This act would establish a Women’s Health office in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, increase oversight into women’s health care, and extend coverage for newborns of veterans.  Women have served our country from the very beginning, and it’s time that they receive equitable treatment when they return home.

I strongly believe that anybody who feels the urge to serve their country should be allowed to do so regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.  I am appalled at the recent supreme court decision which upheld President Trump’s ban on transgender military service.  While I continue to fight against this transphobic ban, I have decided to cosponsor the SERVE Act.  Although this act alone does not make right the bigoted decision of the Trump administration, it would guarantee veterans benefits for those who were unduly discharged due to their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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