In over a decade since the attacks on 9/11, American defense and homeland security have faced seismic shifts. Technological advancements coupled with increased demand for a U.S. military presence abroad has begun to expose cracks in our procurement process, national security strategy, and our protection of civil liberties.
As emerging nations take aim at American military superiority, we must strive to protect proprietary information and advancements in weapons technology. We must bring more accountability to the Department of Defense and work with defense contractors to bring costly programs within budget.
America must set realistic goals. Costly shifts in policy such as the Asia Pivot have proven insufficient and ineffective. Furthermore, we must engage with nations and foster strategic alliances to protect ourselves at home and abroad.
With the power to apprehend criminals and prevent future attacks, the government must ensure that it takes every step to protect the civil liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and Congress must provide rigorous oversight of programs that threaten the rights of the individual.
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WASHINGTON D.C.– Congressman Collin C. Peterson led a bipartisan letter with Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Rick Nolan, Rep. Tom Emmer, and Rep. Keith Ellison urging U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to delay the announced reduction of service hours in Lancaster and Roseau Ports of Entry (POEs), and to create a pilot program using proven technology to increase service for non-commercial crossings at those sites.
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) participated in, and Co-Chaired, a Terrorism and Illicit Finance (TIF) Subcommittee hearing entitled “Managing Terrorism Financing Risk in Remittances and Money Transfers.”
Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) supported the passage of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ensure that our military has the tools and resources it needs to defend the United States.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement in regards to the Administration’s rollback of the United States’ engagement efforts with Cuba:
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) participated in the first joint committee hearing between the Monetary Policy & Trade Subcommittee and the newly formed Terrorism and Illicit Financing Subcommittee on increasing the effectiveness of non-nuclear sanctions against Iran. Emmer is a member of both subcommittees.
Otsego, MN – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s refusal to support Israel through today’s United Nation Security Council Resolution vote:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer yesterday introduced H.J.Res 73, a joint resolution declaring a state of war against the Islamic State.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) introduced H.R. 3239 the Armed Forces Career Center Protection Act yesterday. Congressman John Kline (MN-02), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, signed on as a cosponsor.
This legislation would require the installation of bullet proof glass windows and entry doors at all military recruiting centers throughout the nation. The bill would create a national standard, echoing the numerous governors who have already ordered this change in their states.
Washington, D.C. -- Following the second vote today on funding the Department of Homeland Security, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement:
“The number one role of the Federal Government is to protect our citizens. I am disappointed that many of my colleagues chose to put the security of Americans at stake and waste time by playing politics.