Rep. Ratcliffe votes to strengthen support for military in combating terrorist threats
WASHINGTON – In the wake of the terror attack in Orlando, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted this week to strengthen the military’s ability to combat terrorist threats posed by groups like ISIS, as a part of his ongoing commitment to providing for the common defense.
Specifically, Ratcliffe voted for and the House passed (H.R. 5293) to ensure funding for military operations aimed at defeating terrorists, and to support our country’s overall national security priorities for Fiscal Year 2017.
“A primary duty of the federal government as enumerated in the Constitution is to provide for the common defense, and in equipping our military to defend our country, we’re ensuring they have the tools they need to defeat ISIS once and for all,” Ratcliffe said.
“As a former federal terrorism prosecutor and as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I won’t give up fighting to ensure our citizens are protected from the dangers posed by radical Islamist extremism, which ultimately means eradicating the terrorist groups like ISIS that are responsible for directing or inspiring horrific attacks like we witnessed in Orlando.”
H.R. 5293 supports overseas operations to continue combating threats to the United States, fully funds a 2.1 percent raise for our service men and women, maintains prohibitions on transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay or its closure, prevents another round of base realignment and closure (BRAC), funds cooperation programs with Israel to support missile defense programs, prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funds to focus on climate change, prohibits DoD from housing unaccompanied alien children on military installations, and protects the 1033 military surplus program.
Ratcliffe also voted for the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act (H.R. 5471), comprised of three previously passed counterterrorism measures that were stalled in the Senate, and he cautioned his colleagues in the House and Senate not to let down their guard.
“Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back,” he said. “This is a fight we simply cannot afford to lose.”
Ratcliffe is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and was selected as a member of the Homeland Security Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. Before coming to Congress, he served as a U.S. Attorney and terrorism prosecutor where his efforts put individuals who were funneling money to terrorist organizations in federal prison.