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Cynthia Lummis on Homeland Security

 

 


Our national defense must be the strongest in the world

Q: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: I believe our national defense must be the strongest in the world. This sends an important message to friends and foes of both our military capability and are strong commitment to eradicating terrorism around the globe. To accomplish this goal, we must improve and expand information sharing and collective security efforts. We must do everything we can to limit the production of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. We must also ensure our local, state and federal law enforcement are collaborating and have the resources they need to thwart domestic terrorism attempts. At the same time, I have raised concerns over the extended presence of U.S. troops abroad without a clear mission. President Trump has done a fantastic job in showcasing our military might with strategic missions that limit the use of troops on the ground, such as the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Wyoming Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Prohibit transfer of anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues to support and pass H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at Guant namo Bay, Cuba through the end of President Obama's term. Under current law, detainees can be transferred to other nations if certain conditions are met. Two detainees who were released this year by the Obama Administration have returned to the fight.

"These detainees may pose a threat to the U.S.," said Rep. Lummis. "With released Gitmo detainees returning to the fight we cannot afford to let a campaign promise override security concerns. President Obama needs to be less concerned with political points and more concerned with Americans' safety."

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race , Sep 15, 2016

Strengthen our military and our intelligence

We must work together, as one, unified nation, to strengthen our military and our intelligence community to protect our citizens from further attacks on American soil.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, www.lummis2008.com, “Issues” , Nov 4, 2008

$515B for military plus $89B off sequester for wars.

Lummis voted YEA National Defense Authorization Act

Congressional Summary: HR 1735: The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes FY2016 appropriations and sets forth policies regarding the military activities of the Department of Defense (DOD), and military construction. This bill also authorizes appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which are exempt from discretionary spending limits. The bill authorizes appropriations for base realignment and closure (BRAC) activities and prohibits an additional BRAC round.

Wikipedia Summary: The NDAA specifies the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense (DOD) for Fiscal Year 2016. The law authorizes the $515 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $89.2 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO).

Opposition statement by Rep. Gerry Connolly (May 15, 2015): Congressman Connolly said he opposed the bill because it fails to end sequestration, and pits domestic investments versus defense investments. Said Connolly, "This NDAA uses a disingenuous budget mechanism to circumvent sequestration. It fails to end sequestration."

Support statement by BreakingDefense.com(Sept, 2015): Republicans bypassed the BCA spending caps (the so-called sequester) by shoving nearly $90 billion into the OCO account, designating routine spending as an emergency war expenses exempted from the caps. This gimmick got President Barack Obama the funding he requested but left the caps in place on domestic spending, a Democratic priority. "The White House's veto announcement is shameful," Sen. John McCain said. "The NDAA is a policy bill. It cannot raise the budget caps. It is absurd to veto the NDAA for something that the NDAA cannot do."

Legislative outcome: House rollcall #532 on passed 270-156-15 on Oct. 1, 2015; Senate rollcall #277 passed 70-27-3 on Oct. 7, 2015; vetoed by Pres. Obama on Oct. 22, 2015; passed and signed after amendments.

Source: Congressional vote 15-HR1735 on Apr 13, 2015

Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad.

Lummis signed Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

Source: S.475&HR.1182 2009-S475 on Feb 25, 2009

Peace through strength, according to AFA survey.

Lummis supports the AFA survey question on "peace through strength"

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-15 on Sep 11, 2020

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