News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear Friends,


It’s no secret we live in a world that has grown much more dangerous during the past several years.  As a Congress, it is our primary obligation to take the necessary steps to help keep our country and citizens safe from harm.  That’s why the House of Representatives passed a number of bills during the month of July to strengthen our national security, provide for our military, take care of our veterans, and protect innocent citizens from harm.

Some of the bills the House passed last month include:

  • Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act to increase the penalty for deported criminals who re-enter the United States, protect law-abiding citizens and withhold federal grants from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws;
  • The Frederick Douglass Act, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act and the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act to end human trafficking, impose additional penalties on sex traffickers, increase support for victims, and support programs to educate children and train employers to identify potential victims;
  • The Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act to impose tougher sanctions on hostile regimes, such as Iran, Russian and North Korea;
  • The Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act to ensure the agency has the resources it needs to keep terrorists, traffickers and smugglers out of the United States, as well as address our ever-evolving national security threats;
  • The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to boost defense spending by 10%, ensure no terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay are transferred to American soil, provide for thousands of additional personnel for the Army, Navy and Air Force, and increase missile defense funding by $2.5 billion to ensure we can protect our country from the threats posed by advanced, long-range missiles;
  • The national security appropriations package, commonly referred to as the “minibus,” to fully fund the President’s FY18 $1.6 billion budget request to build a wall along our southern border, provide our service members with the largest pay raise in eight years, and bolster our nuclear weapons programs;
  • A number of bills to improve upon the care our veterans receive through the Department of Veterans Affairs – including a bill to fund the Veterans Choice Program, expand upon the VA’s efforts in recruiting and retaining qualified health care professionals, begin a five-year pilot program to train and educate veterans wishing to be a physician assistant at the VA, and require the department to provide child care assistance to veterans while they receive services at a VA facility; 
  • The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 to modify the GI program to ensure that service members will be able to use their education benefits throughout their lifetime.  The bill would also simplify the benefit for future service members by consolidating the GI Bill into a single program over time, which would help to reduce the VA's administrative costs; and,
  • The FY18 Intelligence Reauthorization bill to enhance our intelligence capabilities to defend our country from cyber threats and attacks.

All of these bills are critical to help keep our citizens safe from harm, improve upon the care of our veterans, and maintain our operations at military installations across our state and country such as Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, and Camp Lejeune.  We owe it to every citizen, our service members, our veterans, and our law enforcement officials to continue to help provide the tools necessary to keep our neighborhoods safe, defeat the ever evolving threat of terrorism and enhance our ability to prevent and respond to any direct attack on American interests at home or abroad.  


Sincerely,

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