My Take: A Strong National Defense for the United States and our Allies
When I got to Congress, I said that our nation’s defense would be my focus. I’ve served on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for 10 years, rising through the ranks to become vice chairwoman. I’ve studied these issues and know how America’s diplomacy and defense work together to keep us safe.
This week, I was invited to attend the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s (JINSA) 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and humbled to receive the 2016 Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award for my leadership on military and national security issues.
JINSA was established in 1976 to promote a strong U.S. military and robust national security for the U.S. and our allies. Their remarkable work makes a profound impact on our national security, and this was demonstrated by the over 500 policymakers, military leaders and diplomats in attendance that evening.
Named after the late-Senator from the state of Washington who tirelessly advocated for a strong national defense for the United States and our allies, the “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award is given to public leaders who have done the same over their careers. It was an honor to be among the admirals, generals, public servants and other prominent leaders who received this award before me.
In these very dangerous times, a robust national security is needed more than ever. We must ensure the United States remains not only the greatest country in the world, but also the strongest.
In order to do this, we must end the arbitrary cuts to the defense budget. With the incoming Republican Administration and control of both the House and Senate, we have the opportunity and responsibility to get rid of this damaging policy.
Together, we can continue to work for a more secure, peaceful and prosperous future for our country and its friends around the world.
Member of Congress