Defense

Virginia county pulls officers from DC after Trump photo-op

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A county in northern Virginia pulled its officers out of the District of Columbia Monday night after they played a supporting role in clearing protesters from a park outside the White House so the president could walk to a church for a photo opportunity. Arlington officers joined a team of federal law enforcers using chemical agents and flash bangs to forcibly remove a large ... Read more »

Va. Delegation Pushes Army National Guard To Include New Richmond Aviation Facility In DoD Budget

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Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and the entire Virginia congressional delegation urged the U.S. Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va. as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). With the current facility already impacting mission execution, the funding will help complete a much-needed facility to house the Virginia ... Read more »

House Passes War Powers Resolution

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today after the House passed H. Con. Res. 83, a resolution “directing the President… to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran,” introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI): “The resolution we passed today is an important first step to preventing a reckless President from taking us to war with Ir... Read more »

Daily Beast: Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing

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Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing By Sam Brodey, Betsy Swan & Spencer Ackerman - 01/08/2020 A day after Iranian ballistic missiles hit Iraqi bases used by U.S. forces, the Trump administration’s first briefings on Iran for legislators went so poorly that even its allies walked out saying that the White House was losing congressional support. At ... Read more »

Yahoo News: Republicans spread lie that Democrats 'mourn' Iranian general

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Republicans spread lie that Democrats 'mourn' Iranian general By Dylan Stableford - 01/08/2020 One of President Trump’s most vocal defenders in the House, Georgia Republican Doug Collins, pushed the envelope of political commentary by saying Wednesday that Democrats “mourn” the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed a week ago by an American airstrike in Iraq. There is no evidence ... Read more »

Vox: Pompeo’s shifting reasons for killing Soleimani puts the strike on shaky legal ground

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Pompeo’s shifting reasons for killing Soleimani puts the strike on shaky legal ground By Aaron Rupar - 01/07/2020 The Trump administration’s justification for killing Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander, has subtly shifted since last Thursday. But the implications of that shift have profound implications in terms of the legality of an American action that has dramatically rat... Read more »

WAMU: Washington Area Officials Respond To Assassination Of Top Iranian Military Leader, Potential War

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Washington Area Officials Respond To Assassination Of Top Iranian Military Leader, Potential War By Esther Ciammachilli - 01/03/2020 Elected officials from around the Washington region are responding to the airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani early Friday. The drone airstrike occurred in the early morning hours near Baghdad International Airp... Read more »

Bipartisan Bill to Improve Military’s Energy Security Included in NDAA

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that bipartisan legislation to improve the U.S. military’s energy security and reduce carbon emissions has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference agreement approved by the Senate. The Securing Energy for our Armed Forces Using Engineering Leadership (SEA FUEL) Act would direct the Departments of Defense and H... Read more »

Beyer Statement On NDAA Paid Parental Leave Provision

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act conference report which would guarantee twelve weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees: “This paid parental leave provision is one of the biggest victories for the federal workforce in my lifetime. “Against all odds, Chairman Smith, Majority Leader Hoyer, and the House negotiating team won this histori... Read more »

Rep. Beyer Votes to Pass SHIELD Act to Protect the Integrity of U.S. Elections

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Yesterday, Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) voted to pass H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act. This strong, commonsense legislation takes decisive and bipartisan steps to fight foreign interference in our elections by strengthening reporting requirements, closing loopholes, and deterring foreign activity in U.S. elections. Its passage builds on the ... Read more »