NATIONAL SECURITY can be anything from military/defense (and veterans affairs) to border security to diplomacy and foreign policy. We collected views on all of these issues here.
Rob Wittman deals with a large number of issues as a lawmaker, but there are only three he really cares about -- military/defense, big energy, and hunting/fishing. Of those, his first priority is to maximize defense spending to support military contractors, who are his single largest special interest contributors.
- Wittman has repeatedly voted to BLOCK consideration of the Presidential Tax Transparency Act (HR 305) (most recently on April 18, 2018), which would require the president and presidential candidates to release the prior three years of their tax returns. One of our activists reached out to Wittman's office 4/25/2018 for an explanation as to why Wittman doesn't support this bill. We will publish his answer here if/when we ever receive it.
- Wittman wants to expand our Naval fleet from 274 to 350 ships at an estimated cost of over $3 trillion (about $21,671 per tax payer) over the next 30 years.
- Wittman is a sponsor of the SHIPS act (HR 2994, 2017/2018), which declares we will have 355 ships as soon as practicable, but appropriates no funding to build them.
- Wittman supports the development of Columbia Class Submarines ($100 billion program, or $708 per taxpayer) and B-21 long-range strike bombers (whose cost the Air Force will not disclose)
- Wittman has been silent about Russian meddling in our elections (no tweets or mention on his website)
- Wittman is a sponsor of HR 1797 (2017/2018), which directs the Dept of Veterans Affairs to evaluate their medical services and submit a report to Congress.
- Wittman has introduced three bills to improve Veterans Administration services
Edwin Santana views Russian meddling in our elections as the greatest threat our nation faces. He also sees gerrymandering as a high priority issue. Santana would like to see us build up and invest in our State Department. Santana expressed agreement with Sec. of Defense Mattis' statement, "If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately."
John Suddarth emailed us the following statement 4/24/2018: "President Eisenhower’s admonishment warned us to be wary of the Military Industrial Complex and told us we should never over invest in the military at the expense of education, health, diplomacy and the areas that create the overall viability of our country. I believe that too much money flows from defense contractors to Congress and decisions are made to benefit them, not to increase our security. Our defense profile and spending should be determined by military leaders and experts, not legislators beholden to special interests. We should focus more on diplomacy and also address the real threats to our democracy, especially cyber-warfare. I lament the fact that President Trump still does not take Russian meddling in our elections seriously."
Vangie Williams sees Russia as this country's greatest threat. We need to invest in cybersecurity, the FBI, the CIA, and other policing forces that protect our country. We must ensure that Muller is able to do his job. We also face threats from trade wars that threaten the livelihood of CD1 farmers. Williams proposes her INVEST Initiative, which would exempt the first $50,000 of income from taxation for veterans, enlisted military families, safety officers, and teachers. This program would be funded by closing AMT loopholes carved out for corporations and wealthy people. She wants less spending on the defense department and more spending on domestic programs like education and healthcare.