Defense and National Security
The federal government has a Constitutional responsibility to “provide for the common defense” – that means protecting our homeland, stopping the growth of radical Islam, and keeping Americans safe. Coming from a family of military veterans, I take that responsibility seriously and have consistently supported budgets and authorization bills that support the mission of our armed forces and make important investments in our national defense.
Every year that I have served in Congress, I proudly supported the National Defense Authorization Act, legislation passed annually to provide needed military funding. The most recent iteration of this bill would provide a military pay raise, continue a ban on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and protects our ally, Israel, by continuing to fund vital projects like the Iron Dome.
Additionally, I have been an outspoken opponent of the Obama Administrations’ nuclear agreement with Iran, which threatens the national security of the United States and our allies across the globe. I have voted on more than a half dozen occasions to stop, slow, delay, or otherwise undermine implementation of this dangerous deal that grants billions in sanctions relief to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism while foregoing the opportunity for true “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites.
As the war on terror continues, Congress must be vigilant in keeping would-be terrorists off American soil in the first place. That is why I voted to strengthen vetting procedures in our refugee resettlement system by supporting the American SAFE Act of 2015 and am working to halt the program altogether as a cosponsor of H.R. 3314, the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act.
Ultimately, the only way to truly protect our national security is to eradicate ISIS, which is why I am also a cosponsor of H.J. Res. 33, legislation proposing a robust authorization for use of military force (AUMF) to defeat ISIS and take the fight to Islamic extremists who seek to do us harm.
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More on Defense and National Security
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court declared that President Trump’s travel ban is within the scope of his constitutional authority:
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the GOP House Intelligence Committee FISA Memo was made public:
“I’m glad the public will now have the opportunity to review the contents of the memo and judge for themselves the actions of the FBI related to the FISA Court. This is not about driving a partisan agenda; this is about transparency.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to North Korea’s ballistic missile launch earlier today with the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order pausing refugee resettlement and temporarily prohibiting travel to the United States for individuals from terrorist hot spots:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, released the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders authorizing the construction of a US-Mexico border wall and targeting funding for sanctuary cities:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act today.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on reports of the Obama Administration’s secret payment of $400 million to the Iranian government: