Thursday, October 29, 2015
I have consented to a request by Paul Ryan, the new Speaker of the House, to continue serving as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. You can read my full statement here.
I will be discussing the Intelligence Committee, what we can expect from Paul Ryan's Speakership, and other issues on the Ray Appleton radio show on KMJ at 11:00 am PST on Friday. You can listen live here.
Friday, October 23, 2015
On Thursday President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which funds the American military. There was strong bipartisan support for the bill, which passed the House of Representatives on a 270-156 vote and was approved in the Senate on an even more lopsided vote of 70-27.
Because of the obvious importance of funding our military, a presidential veto of the NDAA is rare – it’s only happened four times before. It is especially unusual this year because the bill’s funding level met the President’s request. But Obama is now demanding more funding for domestic programs and is also objecting to the NDAA’s restrictions on his ability to close the GITMO prison in Cuba and transfer the terrorists there to the United States.
We already know this president really likes to spend money – we’ve seen his failed stimulus programs and green-energy boondoggles. But holding our military hostage in order to raise spending even more is beyond the pale. Our servicemen and servicewomen are making huge sacrifices for their country, and they deserve to know their missions will not be exploited as a political bargaining chip in Washington. And it’s simply inexplicable that President Obama would jeopardize their missions in order to realize his bizarre scheme to bring some of the world’s worst terrorists into America.
I look forward to Congress’ upcoming vote to override the President’s veto.
Separately, I will be appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation this Sunday. In most Central Valley locations the show will begin airing at 8:30 am PST. For a list of broadcast times, click this link.
Friday, October 9, 2015
This month my office will be hosting Academy Night, which provides young Americans living in my congressional district an opportunity to get information about attending U.S. Military Academies. Representatives of the Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, and ROTC will be on hand to answer questions about the application process, admissions, academy life, duty commitments, and other topics.
Academy Night will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Clovis Unified School District Professional Development Building at 1680 David E. Cook Way, Clovis. (See map here.) I strongly encourage students who are interested in attending a military academy to stop by. Parents are also welcome.
Friday, October 2, 2015
I’ll be on the Ray Appleton show today at 11:00 am PST. We’ll be discussing the Middle East and other issues, so if you have a question, please call in at (559) 490-5858. You can listen to the interview live on KMJ here.