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  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports SAFE Act
    Posted in Jim's Blog on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, I voted for H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act. While this is a good first step, it does not go far enough. Senior FBI and Homeland Security officials have testified to Congress that it’s impossible to fully screen prospective refugees for terrorist affiliation, especially those coming from disintegrated states and failed governments. Further, the American SAFE Act limits such "enhanced" screenings solely to Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This provision ignores the fact that ISIS has affiliates... Read more

  • Lawmakers Call for Temporary Suspension of All Resettlement Services
    Posted in Jim's Blog on November 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Brian Babin (R-Texas) are calling for a temporary suspension of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) resettlement funding for all refugees, as well as individuals not in a legitimate lawful status. The lawmakers’ approach includes but also extends beyond refugee services for Syrian, Iraqi and other refugees and reflects the need to examine the resettlement of potential “special interest aliens” who ... Read more

  • Defund the President's Syrian Refugee Plan
    Posted in Jim's Blog on November 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Earlier today, Rep Bridenstine signed onto a letter to House Leadership demanding that any government funding bills stop refugee resettlement until approved by a joint resolution of Congress. The text of the letter is below: Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy and Chairman Rogers: We are writing to express our concerns about the continuing threat of terrorism and to urge that the Congress exercise greater oversight and authority over the refugee resettlement programs. The Director of National... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Syrian Refugees
    Posted in Jim's Blog on November 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    President Obama’s premature and politically motivated withdrawal from Iraq led to the Islamic State’s creation. The Islamic State is now exploiting a humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria to infiltrate terrorists into the West. Press reports indicate that at least one ISIS terrorist involved in the recent Paris attacks was registered as a refugee with Greece. The United States is a welcoming country, but we’re under no obligation to jeopardize our national security to admit refugees from Syria o... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Urges the President to Sign Defense Authorization
    Posted in Jim's Blog on November 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, the House passed the defense authorization bill for FY2016 with overwhelming, bipartisan, veto-proof support. Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the adjusted authorization bill saying, “The bill contains critically important provisions for national security and our warfighters. I call on the Senate to pass and the President to sign this bill into law by Veterans Day.” Congressman Bridenstine has become a recognized leader on military space issues. The adjusted FY16 defense authorizatio... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Condemns Obama Veto of Defense Authorization
    Posted in Jim's Blog on October 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

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  • GOP lawmakers lambaste Obama veto of defense bill
    Posted in In The News on October 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Using words such as “abhorrent,” “disgusting” and “dumbfounded,” 13 Republican lawmakers who have served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan excoriated President Obama on Thursday for vetoing a defense policy bill over an issue they say isn’t even in the bill. “We’re not vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act because of some policy difference that relates to defense but because we want more spending on social programs, we want more spending for the EPA, for the IRS, for name your pro... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to “Provide for the Common Defense”
    Posted in Jim's Blog on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the Conference Report to HR 1735, the bipartisan FY16 defense authorization bill. The Conference Report reconciles differences between the House- and Senate-passed defense authorization bills. Congressman Bridenstine said, “The defense authorization bill allows Congress to set spending and policy priorities for our military. The bill unwinds defense sequestration for one year and prevents more devastating cuts to the military.” President Obama has thr... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to Stop the Iran Deal
    Posted in Jim's Blog on September 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    This week the House voted on three bills to stop President Obama’s atrocious Iran nuclear agreement. These bills make clear that the American people, acting through their elected representatives, reject the President’s capitulation to Iran. America’s next President can -- and should -- end the agreement on Day One and restart the most effective sanctions regime ever created. The Iran deal will endanger the security of America and our closest allies and partners, as I have explained at length (he... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Administration Undermined Congressional Review of Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today the House took the first step toward stopping the President’s dangerous Iran nuclear deal. House Resolution 411 passed 243 – 186, finding that the President did not comply with the provisions of the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Review Act. The Corker-Cardin legislation was designed to allow Congressional review of the Iran deal. The Administration decided to declare the agreement to not be a treaty, since treaties require approval of two thirds of the Senate for ratification. As Secretary of... Read more