Armed Services and Defense
It continually humbles me when I interact with our brave soldiers. The men and women who risk their lives for our country deserve the best our nation can offer. I feel a duty to protect not only the rights of active duty servicemen and women, but also the rights of those who served before them.
I strongly believe funding for the military is imperative, and supporting our troops at home and abroad is fundamental. To effectively advance our nation’s security goals, we must be able to objectively assess our security challenges and adapt accordingly. It is important to remember that the challenges we face today are not the challenges we will face tomorrow. And unless we plan for those challenges today, we will not be able to successfully and peacefully overcome them.
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Through some small miracle of air travel, I was able to make it up to DC this week for an announcement that no amount of snow was able to keep me away from. On Tuesday, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission made and presented its selection for a second national WWI memorial to be constructed at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club.
Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay applauded President Obama’s decision to curtail the distribution of some forms of military-style equipment and to add stricter controls on other transfers. After months of study, the White House Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Report released a list of military hardware that local law enforcement will be prohibited from securing with federal funds or from federal agencies.
A Busy Week Back in Missouri's Fifth District
Today’s EC from DC is a special one. It’s not about me, or what’s going on in Washington, DC, or what we see on the news. It’s about six promising young people from our community.
The American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, introduced by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), and cosponsored by 301 other Members, passed the House today by a vote of 418 to 3.
Today, President Obama released the Administration’s Review of Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition. This review is part of a broader effort to strengthen community policing and fortify the trust that must exist between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
NOTE: The following is a first-person statement from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D) Missouri and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri.
“We are pleased to report that we had a productive, expansive and very encouraging meeting with Secretary Hagel this evening regarding our urgent concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies through the distribution of surplus Department of Defense equipment via the 1033 Program. We have asked the Secretary to review the program and to respond with his recommendations quickly.