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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Weekly Newsletter: February 16th, 2015

February 16, 2015
Blog Post
February 16th

Congress has wrapped up its first six weeks of session, and this week I'll be home in South Jersey for a constituent work period. There's a lot that's happened this past week and much more coming up. Just a reminder that if you have friends or family interested in staying up to date on my work in Washington, encourage them to sign up for the newsletter!

  • ISIS and the President's Request
  • Funding Homeland Security
  • Constituent Meetings

ISIS and the President's Request

This Wednesday, President Obama submitted a request for Congress to approve the use of military force against ISIS. I've long argued that ISIS is a barbaric and brutal organization, and they must be crushed.

In a non-classified Armed Services Committee hearing this week, we heard compelling testimony from Lt. General Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He made a strong argument for why ISIS poses such a threat, and I wanted to share his testimony with you. Click here to read some of his thoughts.

Now, Congress has the Constitutional responsibility to review the President's request, and determine how best to move forward. There are many questions to be answered, such as - Is the President committed to defeating ISIS? Is three years long enough to defeat ISIS? Does this request give the military the flexibility they need to fulfill the mission?  This is a decision I won't take lightly, and I'll be sure to keep you updated.

Funding Homeland Security

With funding for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out on February 27th, I'm deeply concerned that Senate Democrats are continuing to choose partisan politics and gridlock over progress.

As you might remember, the House passed a bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security last month. But Senate Democrats have blocked any debate on this bill three times now. I joined several of my colleagues in the House and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, in sending a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urging him to allow discussion on this critically important bill. You can read more about this gridlock by clicking here.

Constituent Meetings

While I was in Washington for much of this week, that didn't stop me from getting time with folks from back home! Many thanks to all of the groups who organized visits to my office to share their thoughts on issues facing us in Congress. If you want to visit our nation's Capitol, let me know! My office can help set up tours of the Capitol Building, the White House, or many other landmarks. Learn more by clicking here

It was great to see representatives from the Fraternal Order of Police this week