Boozman Bulletin: Addressing the North Korean Threat

Senator John Boozman
2017-07-31 18:56:07
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The trajectory of the test conducted Friday has experts concerned that Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago are well within the range of North Korea's weapons. Our efforts to address this threat must be accelerated. Last week the Senate and House of Representatives passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act that gives the Trump administration a powerful tool for deterring threats from North Korea, as well as Iran and Russia. The White House announced the president will sign this bill. All options must remain on the table when dealing with an unstable regime like North Korea. That is not to say diplomatic efforts should not be exhausted first. President Trump has rightly pushed regional powers China and Japan to do more to end North Korea's provocations. South Korea's newly-elected President Moon Jae-in has indicated that he is willing to meet with Kim Jong Un to discuss how to deescalate the heightened tensions. At the G-20 Summit, President Trump, President Moon and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced they will press for the early adoption of a new United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution with additional sanctions to demonstrate to Pyongyang that there are serious consequences for its destabilizing, provocative and escalatory actions. The President also assured our allies that the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and Japan is "ironclad." Additional UN sanctions against North Korea are something the international community should rally behind. This step would follow on the heels of last year's congressional action to authorize additional sanctions against North Korea. The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, which was signed into law in early 2016, requires the President to mandate for sanctions for anyone who can be tied to the following activities in North Korea: arms trade, development of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, procurement of luxury goods, censorship, money laundering and counterfeiting. The Advancing America's Missile Defense Act of 2017 was drafted in direct response to the continued aggression from North Korea. The bill, which I am cosponsoring, seeks to strengthen and improve the reliability, capability and capacity of U.S. homeland missile defense. North Korea wants to put U.S. soil in its crosshairs. We must remove this capability. If we can't get Kim Jong Un to dismantle his arsenal, then we need to have necessary protections in place to defend our homeland. _____ Quick Takes * Health Care: Americans deserve a health care system that ensures access to affordable, quality care for all. Unfortunately, under Obamacare, hardworking families are experiencing skyrocketing costs coupled with fewer choices for health insurance. As a result, markets are collapsing nationwide. I supported efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d66680CF 0-8173-40CF-9B7B-5DFC732D3644&redir_log=376102716248616> , but it is clear that a piecemeal approach was unable to yield a consensus in the Senate. It's time to work together to find a way forward that provides relief and ensures quality and affordable health care. * Improving GI Bill Benefits: I was pleased to support improvements to the GI Bill as my colleagues and I on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approved comprehensive reforms to expand these education benefits. Included in this bill are two provisions I introduced to better serve the needs of our veterans <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d82957C6 B-FDBD-4676-9A17-AC5B86832383&redir_log=6461708303616> . * Supporting Arkansas Agriculture: The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry is holding hearings to listen to the concerns of producers from around the country in advance of writing the next Farm Bill. I was pleased to welcome Jennifer James, a fourth-generation rice farmer from Newport, Arkansas <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dAACA830 6-FC4D-4D40-99F6-E7CA1355B496&redir_log=707119726025618> to hear about the importance of the agriculture safety net to her farm. Similarly, increasing markets for Arkansas agricultural products is important to our farmers. That's why the recent announcement that the U.S. can begin exporting rice to China <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d4B7B554 4-CD0D-4215-BA07-7876FFFB2E9C&redir_log=693069188025619> is great news. I urged the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push the Chinese government to end its ban on the sale of American poultry products <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d787E031 0-FB39-4D0B-BD06-05F5DDEC373A&redir_log=650547562736618> . Arkansas is the second largest producer of broiler chickens and the third largest producer of turkeys in the country. * Supporting Wildlife Conservation Programs: This summer I helped introduce the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act, legislation that promotes conservation, reauthorizes existing wildlife legislation and provides regulatory clarity for sportsmen. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Jeff Crow testified <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d4385178 4-61D5-4FF7-B8B0-01716830B3D1&redir_log=20952295735612> before my fellow members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in support of the legislation. He highlighted the benefits the bill offers to Arkansas. * Improving Water Infrastructure: The Trump administration and Congress have shown their commitment to crafting and passing an infrastructure package. We want to broaden the scope of traditional infrastructure investment to include safe and efficient drinking water and wastewater utilities <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fweekly-columns%3fID%3d44954F2 A-4ED3-4767-B2F0-1D00BCBC2B88&redir_log=328796029809618> . As chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, I'm working to find solutions to funding and financing in our nation's water infrastructure. I was pleased Arkansan Mike Frazee could share his experience <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d5CDDDF2 B-7B87-4845-886A-F6584F03E20A&redir_log=186460543801618> living with no access to safe, reliable drinking water. * Fighting Child Hunger: As a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, I support updating federal child nutrition programs to provide consistency for Arkansas children who rely on regularly provided meals at schools during the school year. Offering states more options to choose what makes the most sense in their communities will allow us to fight hunger and malnourishment in all corners of our state. I had the opportunity to visit programs in Arkansas that are making a difference for children in the summer <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fweekly-columns%3fID%3d686041C 0-ED8E-4261-8AF1-50954FD56423&redir_log=37976854684614> . * Recognizing Arkansas Veterans: The 'Salute to Veterans' series honors the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans who served our nation in uniform. In the latest edition, I highlighted the service of Delbert DuCharme who served in the Navy for nearly 30 years <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14491.6985790.6080238.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d108BF99 4-E3F0-4CCF-84C3-67048D08DCDC&redir_log=821345227538619> and was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team, the forerunner to the Navy SEALs. 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Boozman Bulletin: Addressing the North Korean Threat

North Korea’s rogue regime continues to aggressively pursue a nuclear-armed missile that can reach the United States.

The trajectory of the test conducted Friday has experts concerned that Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago are well within the range of North Korea’s weapons.

Our efforts to address this threat must be accelerated. Last week the Senate and House of Representatives passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act that gives the Trump administration a powerful tool for deterring threats from North Korea, as well as Iran and Russia. The White House announced the president will sign this bill.

All options must remain on the table when dealing with an unstable regime like North Korea. That is not to say diplomatic efforts should not be exhausted first. President Trump has rightly pushed regional powers China and Japan to do more to end North Korea’s provocations. South Korea’s newly-elected President Moon Jae-in has indicated that he is willing to meet with Kim Jong Un to discuss how to deescalate the heightened tensions.

At the G-20 Summit, President Trump, President Moon and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced they will press for the early adoption of a new United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution with additional sanctions to demonstrate to Pyongyang that there are serious consequences for its destabilizing, provocative and escalatory actions. The President also assured our allies that the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and Japan is “ironclad.”

Additional UN sanctions against North Korea are something the international community should rally behind. This step would follow on the heels of last year's congressional action to authorize additional sanctions against North Korea. The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, which was signed into law in early 2016, requires the President to mandate for sanctions for anyone who can be tied to the following activities in North Korea: arms trade, development of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, procurement of luxury goods, censorship, money laundering and counterfeiting.

The Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017 was drafted in direct response to the continued aggression from North Korea. The bill, which I am cosponsoring, seeks to strengthen and improve the reliability, capability and capacity of U.S. homeland missile defense. 

North Korea wants to put U.S. soil in its crosshairs. We must remove this capability. If we can’t get Kim Jong Un to dismantle his arsenal, then we need to have necessary protections in place to defend our homeland.


Quick Takes

  • Health Care: Americans deserve a health care system that ensures access to affordable, quality care for all. Unfortunately, under Obamacare, hardworking families are experiencing skyrocketing costs coupled with fewer choices for health insurance. As a result, markets are collapsing nationwide. I supported efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is clear that a piecemeal approach was unable to yield a consensus in the Senate. It’s time to work together to find a way forward that provides relief and ensures quality and affordable health care.
     
  • Improving GI Bill Benefits: I was pleased to support improvements to the GI Bill as my colleagues and I on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved comprehensive reforms to expand these education benefits. Included in this bill are two provisions I introduced to better serve the needs of our veterans.
     
  • Supporting Arkansas Agriculture: The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry is holding hearings to listen to the concerns of producers from around the country in advance of writing the next Farm Bill. I was pleased to welcome Jennifer James, a fourth-generation rice farmer from Newport, Arkansas to hear about the importance of the agriculture safety net to her farm. Similarly, increasing markets for Arkansas agricultural products is important to our farmers. That’s why the recent announcement that the U.S. can begin exporting rice to China is great news. I urged the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push the Chinese government to end its ban on the sale of American poultry products. Arkansas is the second largest producer of broiler chickens and the third largest producer of turkeys in the country.
     
  • Supporting Wildlife Conservation Programs: This summer I helped introduce the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act, legislation that promotes conservation, reauthorizes existing wildlife legislation and provides regulatory clarity for sportsmen. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Jeff Crow testified before my fellow members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in support of the legislation. He highlighted the benefits the bill offers to Arkansas.
     
  • Improving Water Infrastructure: The Trump administration and Congress have shown their commitment to crafting and passing an infrastructure package. We want to broaden the scope of traditional infrastructure investment to include safe and efficient drinking water and wastewater utilities. As chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, I’m working to find solutions to funding and financing in our nation's water infrastructure. I was pleased Arkansan Mike Frazee could share his experience living with no access to safe, reliable drinking water.
     
  • Fighting Child Hunger: As a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, I support updating federal child nutrition programs to provide consistency for Arkansas children who rely on regularly provided meals at schools during the school year. Offering states more options to choose what makes the most sense in their communities will allow us to fight hunger and malnourishment in all corners of our state. I had the opportunity to visit programs in Arkansas that are making a difference for children in the summer.
     
  • Recognizing Arkansas Veterans: The ‘Salute to Veterans’ series honors the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans who served our nation in uniform. In the latest edition, I highlighted the service of Delbert DuCharme who served in the Navy for nearly 30 years and was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team, the forerunner to the Navy SEALs. His memories of his time in uniform are an important part of our history that will be submitted to the Veterans History Project.
     
  • Connect on Social Media: Stay up to date with what I’m doing for Arkansans via social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
                                                                       

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