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June 13th, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) announced the launch of the Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force to advance smart, strategic, and strong national security policies focused on protecting the United States, the American people, and our interests abroad.
Chaired by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA.), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL.), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA.), the task force will, through substantive policy discussions, provide a forum for members to identify solutions to our most pressing security challenges and communicate these solutions to the American people in a clear and compelling way. The task force will also take concrete actions to bolster Democratic positioning on national security and hold the Trump administration accountable.
The co-chairs bring to the task force a wealth of military and defense experiences. Congressmen Moulton and Panetta are both veterans and Congresswoman Murphy worked within the U.S. Department of Defense.
“Democrats need a strong, smart, and strategic approach to national security. This task force will hold the administration accountable in a thoughtful and impactful way, while working to find the best solutions to the national security issues facing our country,” said Congressman Moulton. “I am glad to be joined by colleagues who recognize the crucial importance of having strong and clear national security messaging and policy.”
“I am excited to announce the creation of this task force, which will be led by three members who bring a unique voice to national security – an issue critically important to all House Democrats,” said Chairman Crowley. “I applaud the leadership of Reps. Moulton, Murphy, and Panetta, and look forward to working closely with them as the task force explores new ways and opportunities to address our most pressing national security needs.”
“I am honored to serve as a co-chair of the National Security Task Force,” said Congresswoman Murphy. “The United States faces a wide range of threats, whether from terrorist groups like ISIS or nations like North Korea. It has never been more important to develop and implement national security policies that are smart, strategic, and strong. As a former national security specialist at the Department of Defense and as a current member of the House Armed Services Committee, I look forward to leading constructive dialogue on this issue and getting results.”
“When I served in Afghanistan, I relied on our government’s strategic national security policies and intelligence resources to ensure my fellow service members’ safety and the success of our missions,” said Congressman Panetta. “Now as a member of Congress, it is my priority to safeguard our national security interests, uphold our American values, and thoughtfully manage our obligations abroad. This task force will strengthen and amplify Democrats’ voice as we work to identify solutions.”
The task force will hold its inaugural meeting on June 21, where members will have the opportunity to discuss national security solutions with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The task force will continue to host high-level discussions, engage with the press, and advance strategic solutions to security concerns.
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