The Orlando Tragedy: Confronting ISIS
Last week, our nation experienced the worst terrorist attack on our soil since September 11, 2001. This attack was the result of a radical ideology and a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life. Like you, I have been dealing with the shock of this attack, and praying for the victims, their families, and our law enforcement and medical personnel. But now is a time for action.
ISIS has shown the world their savage brutality time and time again – and now on American soil. They maim and kill the innocent with no regard for humanity; they brutalize women, children, Jews, Christians and the LGBTQ community; and they despise basic freedoms that we hold dear. This must not become our new normal in the United States of America. We must come together to confront this enemy.
In 2015, I helped author our nation’s defense bill (NDAA), which President Obama signed into law. This bipartisan legislation required the Administration to submit to Congress a real, comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS. Inexcusably, this congressionally mandated deadline of February 15, 2016, was missed. I am renewing my call for the Administration to work with Congress to develop a real, comprehensive plan to protect our nation against the very threat posed by ISIS.
The House of Representatives will be taking additional action to defeat terror, protect our homeland from future attacks, and ensure our law enforcement has renewed national security tools to fight this enemy on all fronts. If there was ever a time when all branches of government and all public servants from both parties need to work together to keep America safe - it is now!
We are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our nation. We are united because we are a people who respect and value our diversity and freedoms in America. We must also be united in action to confront this evil and defeat it before more innocent lives are taken.