National Security Legislation Moves Forward in the Senate

Senator Richard Burr
2018-01-19 14:00:02
This week, the Senate took several important steps to protect Americans at home and abroad. I led a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to inform our work to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). And the full Senate reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for an additional 6 years. Together, these steps combine to create a huge leap forward in our national security and defense. In the HELP Committee, I had the opportunity to lead the first in a series of hearings to examine our nation�s preparedness and response capabilities to combat the 21st Century public health threats we may face. Despite the hard work and vast accomplishments thus far through the policies and programs created by PAHPA, there are still significant strides to be made, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to make appropriate changes and improvements. In the full Senate, Sec. 702 of FISA was reauthorized for 6 years, maintaining what I believe to be the single most important and effective national security tool the United States has at its disposal. Our number one priority as Senators is to keep our country safe, and both of these pieces of legislation accomplish that goal. My colleagues across the aisle are still threatening to shut the government down over an issue that has, at minimum, six more weeks before its deadline, all while ignoring one of the longest extensions of the Children�s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since its initial conception and vital funding for our military and the elderly. I sincerely hope we can come to an agreement to benefit all Americans, and come to a solution on funding the government.
January 19, 2018

National Security Legislation Moves Forward in the Senate

 

 

This week, the Senate took several important steps to protect Americans at home and abroad. I led a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to inform our work to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). And the full Senate reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for an additional 6 years. Together, these steps combine to create a huge leap forward in our national security and defense.

 

In the HELP Committee, I had the opportunity to lead the first in a series of hearings to examine our nation’s preparedness and response capabilities to combat the 21st Century public health threats we may face. Despite the hard work and vast accomplishments thus far through the policies and programs created by PAHPA, there are still significant strides to be made, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to make appropriate changes and improvements.

 

In the full Senate, Sec. 702 of FISA was reauthorized for 6 years, maintaining what I believe to be the single most important and effective national security tool the United States has at its disposal. Our number one priority as Senators is to keep our country safe, and both of these pieces of legislation accomplish that goal.

 

My colleagues across the aisle are still threatening to shut the government down over an issue that has, at minimum, six more weeks before its deadline, all while ignoring one of the longest extensions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since its initial conception and vital funding for our military and the elderly. I sincerely hope we can come to an agreement to benefit all Americans, and come to a solution on funding the government.

 

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