Questioning General Milley
It is hard to believe October is already upon us. As we enter the last quarter of 2021 and quickly approach the holiday season, Congress is facing many legislative hurdles to end the year, including funding our government and investigating the disaster in Afghanistan.
To hear your thoughts on these issues, I was pleased to partake in a Telephone Town Hall this week. If you would like to participate in the future, please sign up here. Rest assured, I will always fight for the interests of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in Washington.
Please see below for a rundown of this week.
This week, the House Armed Services Committee, of which I am a senior member, held a hearing with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, to get answers regarding the disaster in Afghanistan.
During the hearing, I questioned General Milley on recent reported revelations claiming he held calls with his Chinese defense counterpart, General Li Zuocheng, where he promised Gen. Li he would warn China if the United States was planning to attack. In his answer to my question, Gen. Milley admitted he told Gen. Li he would call him. This is very disturbing and against the best interests of our nation. I told him his actions deserved his resignation. We deserve generals who will put America first. Read more about my efforts here.
I will always stand up for our nation’s service members and will do everything possible to make sure their lives are not put at risk due to possible collusion with our top adversary in the world.
Democrats’ Huge Spending Problem
This week, Congress faced a myriad of government funding problems as Democrats remain steadfast in their intent to spend taxpayer funds at obscene levels.
This is dangerous and impractical.
An America under Democrat control has proven to be the land of foreign policy disasters, an immigration crisis, and surging inflation. Now, the Left wants a blank check to add more fuel to the fire with a $3.5 trillion socialist spending spree which would put our nation into an even larger debt hole.
Despite President Biden’s claims that this agenda will cost “zero dollars,” the American people are not fooled. Buried within Speaker Pelosi’s Trojan horse of a bill is the following:
- The largest tax increase in American history.
- A business tax rate higher than Communist China so companies will, once again, move overseas.
- The highest inflation in four decades.
- $630 billion for the Green New Deal.
- $80 billion to double the number of IRS agents who target American families and businesses.
And this bill bypasses the Hyde Amendment exponentially increasing taxpayer funding for abortion. This is unacceptable.
Let’s be clear: Speaker Pelosi, Senator Schumer, and President Biden control the House, Senate, and the White House. I refuse to join their efforts to enable more ill-advised spending which will kill our sacred American Dream.
Protecting the 2nd Amendment
Last week, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to authorize funding for our military, addressing the crisis in Afghanistan and threats from China and Russia. Our national defense bill is a key component of ensuring that our Armed Forces and their families have the resources they need. The House's passage is one of many steps in the legislative process.
Within this initial version of the legislation is a provision which would allow military judges and magistrates to issue military court gun confiscation orders without the service member being present in court to defend themselves -- which I STRONGLY OPPOSE as a top advocate for our 2nd Amendment rights.
Thankfully, as Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I will be on the Conference Committee and have an important role in fighting for the positive provisions and working to remove provisions that are not worthy of final passage, including ANY Red Flag laws in the final version of the NDAA.
Just like last year, I will fight alongside my Republican colleagues to remove Red Flag gun provisions from the final version of this legislation. Rest assured, I will do everything in my power to fight for Americans’ right to bear arms.
Persecution of Christians in China
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and Bob Fu of ChinaAid.
This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Fu, Founder of ChinaAid, to discuss the appalling persecution of Christians occurring in China.
Across China, the Chinese Communist Party is committing atrocious human rights abuses and persecuting Christians for simply practicing their faith. China has closed and destroyed churches, installed surveillance equipment on church property, arbitrarily detained and tortured those who practice the Christian faith, and forced the modification of Christian teachings to conform with the objectives of the Chinese Communist Party.
This must end.
Through my work as a commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Committee on China, I have uncovered abuses which warrant legislation such as my bill, the Combating the Persecution of Christians in China Act, to push back on these attacks towards individuals of faith within the nation. Read more about my vital legislation here.
United States Passport Processing
As COVID-19 cases decline, many constituents have decided to begin traveling again. My district office has been working hard to support Missouri residents with their passports. If you need assistance, please complete an online privacy form and my office will contact you.
Our office can also help with lost or stolen passports. If a passport is lost or stolen, please report it, make an appointment with the American Citizens Services section at the U.S. embassy or consulate, or email the American Citizens Services section at the U.S. embassy or consulate explaining your situation and the date your passport is needed.
Travel advisories and restrictions remain fluid, so it is advisable for all travelers to consult with the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for any COVID-19 specific information. For Missourians traveling to international destinations, it’s important to recognize that upon returning to the United States you are required by law to present a negative COVID-19 test result (taken no more than three days before departure) or documentation of recovery to the airlines before boarding your return flight into the U.S. For additional questions, you may consult the CDC’s frequently asked questions page or consult CDC guidance to the airlines.
I hope more people from our district will be able to resume traveling and my office looks forward to assisting you!