Good news → With a unanimous vote, we are making progress on fixing longstanding problems with the VA’s claims backlog. Our veterans have bills to pay and families to support. The last thing they should have to deal with is endless bureaucracy at the VA.
Army Chief of Staff General Milley agrees: President Trump's defense budget request for the would only stop the bleeding when it comes to harmful budget cuts to the military. Without a defense budget that truly rebuilds the military, the Army will continue to sacrifice much-needed modernization for troop readiness
A “hollow Army.” That's what Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley says will result if we continue slashing funding for our military under mindless sequestration. Unless and until we lift the caps on defense spending under the Budget Control Act, the lives of our men and women serving in uniform will be put at greater risk.
Remember when President Obama promised that his health care law would lower a typical family's premiums by up to $2,500? A new analysis shows that premiums have gone UP by nearly $3,000 on average. Between premiums going up and choices going away, Obamacare is on an unsustainable path.
It's been a busy week in our nation's capital, and there's a lot to discuss on this week's Facebook Live Town Hall. Join me today at 12:00PM EST/9:00AM PST, and be sure to submit your questions in the comments section below.
President Trump submitted a budget request this week that is focused on restoring readiness to our armed forces, however it is increasingly clear that the Army will never truly restore readiness until it begins to grow. Due to reckless budget cuts under sequestration, the Army is woefully behind on modernization, and our soldiers are increasingly unprepared to confront the harsh realities of 21st century warfare. Unless and until we end these meat-axe cuts to military funding, the lives of brave Americans serving in uniform will be put at greater risk.
Montenegro may be a small country, but its desire for freedom and democracy is strong. That’s why the United States’ recent ratification of Montenegro’s accession to NATO was so important. It sent a message that our commitment to the NATO alliance and to the defense of a Europe whole, free, and at peace is unwavering. Most importantly, it sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that we will not stand for its brazen attempt to overthrow the Montenegrin government, nor its attempts to undermine the democratic aspirations of free people. Check out my interview with The Cipher Brief where I discuss more about why Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration matters to all of us.
People are beginning to realize that Obamacare is in a tailspin. Insurers are pulling out, and patients are left with really expensive options—or worse, no options at all. We have got to make the market more competitive and bring prices down so that people can actually get the insurance they need and want.
Join me this Thursday at 12:00PM EST/9:00AM PST for another Facebook Live Town Hall. There's lots to discuss this week, so please leave any questions you might have in the comments below. I look forward to answering your questions on Thursday!
To deliberately target innocent children is cowardice in its most heinous form. Our prayers are with those still searching for their kids. The United States stands ready to help in Manchester in any way we can.
Last night's horrific attack in Manchester was a gruesome reminder that the world is on fire. Yet when it comes to the great national security challenges we face, U.S. policy and strategy are consistently lacking. Whether it’s China, Russia, North Korea, Iran or radical Islamist terrorism, I have heard few compelling answers about how the United States intends to use its alliances, its trade, its diplomacy, its values, but most of all, its military to protect and defend our national interests and the rules-based order that supports them. This is still a young administration. Cogent, coherent policy and strategy take time to develop. But we should be ever mindful that our adversaries are not waiting for us to get our act together. Time is of the essence.
Not one, not two, but 14 harmful Obama-era regulations have been overturned—delivering on our promise to scale back the size of government. Obama's big-government policies made it difficult for businesses to grow. We're delivering on our promise to create jobs and get the economy moving again.
Last week, I was honored to receive a port hole from the USS Oriskany – the aircraft carrier I served on during the Vietnam War, and on which my father was commissioned as Commander of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet and Vietnam Theatre. Thank you to the Resolve Marine Group for this incredible memento.
The New York Times and Washington Democrats are now trying to blame the fact that Obamacare is failing on Republicans. This is disingenuous nonsense. The New York Times' own reporting shows that the insurance markets started collapsing long before President Trump assumed office. Obamacare was doomed from the start, and Republicans are on a rescue mission for the American health care system.
Robert Mueller is an excellent choice to serve as special counsel. I am confident that he will lead a full and thorough investigation of all aspects surrounding Russia’s interference in our election. However, I still believe that Congress must move forward with its own investigation into Russia’s attempts to undermine our democratic process. According to testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee from our nation’s intelligence and military officials, Russia’s attacks in cyberspace are only growing. A select congressional committee would bring together members from both sides of the aisle and across committee jurisdictions to get to the bottom of Russia’s blatant attack on our election and all of the events surrounding it so we can defend, deter, and respond to future cyberattacks.
Due to last minute votes scheduled in the Senate, I will be moving this week's Facebook Live Town Hall to tomorrow, Friday, May 19th at 12:15PM EST/9:15AM PST. I'm looking forward to hearing and answering your questions, so please submit them below.
Too often in this dangerous world, the United States confronts adversaries considered to be threats to our freedoms. But there is no more literal threat to our constitutional liberties than a nation that would send its government personnel to the United States and proceed to attack peaceful protesters – and without shame. That is exactly what the Turkish government did this week in the middle of our nation’s capital in a despicable display of thuggery and repression, the likes of which has become all too common in Turkey over the last several years. This is the United States of America. We do not do this here. This kind of violent behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Unless and until the Turkish government understands this, I believe Turkey’s ambassador to the United States should take up residence elsewhere.