Coats Notes: Protecting Our Homeland

Senator Dan Coats
2014-09-26 18:09:18
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Protecting Our Homeland The threat of terrorist attacks within the United States is real and growing. It is imperative that we address these new dangers to our homeland by acting to reassess and strengthen our border security. I recently introduced the Counterterrorism Border Security Enhancement Act (S. 2869), legislation that would ensure stricter control on cooperative travel agreements and procedures - like the Visa Waiver Program. Currently, this program allows citizens of participating nations to travel to the United States without a visa and stay in our country for up to 90 days. Given that Americans and Europeans are joining ISIS, the wealthiest and most brutal terrorist organization in history, this program must be reassessed. By exploiting the passports of its western members, ISIS-trained operatives can come to our shores far more easily than al-Qaeda's 9/11 hijackers. Other changes my legislation would make include: Amending the Visa Waver Program by tightening existing procedures and making them more focused on counterterrorism efforts; Ensuring stricter compliance with information-sharing agreements by those countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program, and suspending their participation if compliance is less than 100%; Authorizing the Secretary of State to revoke any passport issued to a United States citizen who is suspected of engaging in terrorist activities; and Updating the definition of treason to include support of terrorist organizations. It is imperative that we provide our intelligence and security professionals with the additional tools they need to address Americans who have joined ISIS and other terror groups. _____ Putting More Pressure on Russia Since Russia's illegal annexation of Ukraine earlier this year, I have called on the United States and the European Union to act decisively and demonstrate that this aggression is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This week I joined with several of my colleagues to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to press European financial regulators to cut off Russia's top banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the world's premier financial service. Governed by E.U. law, SWIFT is an international monetary network that allows banks to transfer funds across the world. Our letter comes on the heels of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's September 18 address to a joint session of Congress, where he called for additional U.S. support and increased economic sanctions on Russia. Last month, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron stated he would press EU leaders to block Russia from SWIFT entirely. Boosting economic pressure on Russian banks would put an effective and immediate squeeze on Russia's economy. Last week, former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kundrin stated that Russia's expulsion from SWIFT would cause Russia's GDP to shrink by 5%. This meaningful step would send a message to Vladimir Putin that the world is united in opposition to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Coats in the News Coats Pushes for Keystone Decision on Six Year Anniversary of Application <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=16035.17066388.5555777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-pushes-for-keystone-dec ision-on-six-year-anniversary-of-application> Indiana & Kentucky Senators Support Action Against ISIS <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=16035.17066388.5555777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.trist atehomepage.com%2fstory%2fd%2fstory%2findiana-kentucky-senators-support- action-against-i%2f89603%2fVyZ1xB19ZEW4uoxUdQdgKw> Senators Urge Admin to Ban Russia From Global Financial System <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=16035.17066388.5555777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ffreebeaco n.com%2fnational-security%2fsenators-urge-admin-to-ban-russia-from-globa l-financial-system%2f> HOWEY: Thinking through the American 'big stick' <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=16035.17066388.5555777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.kokom otribune.com%2fopinion%2farticle_4dcf38f8-71c8-5cec-ab71-45739d192db2.ht ml>
A message from Senator Dan Coats  

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Protecting Our Homeland

The threat of terrorist attacks within the United States is real and growing. It is imperative that we address these new dangers to our homeland by acting to reassess and strengthen our border security.

I recently introduced the Counterterrorism Border Security Enhancement Act (S. 2869), legislation that would ensure stricter control on cooperative travel agreements and procedures – like the Visa Waiver Program. Currently, this program allows citizens of participating nations to travel to the United States without a visa and stay in our country for up to 90 days.

Given that Americans and Europeans are joining ISIS, the wealthiest and most brutal terrorist organization in history, this program must be reassessed. By exploiting the passports of its western members, ISIS-trained operatives can come to our shores far more easily than al-Qaeda’s 9/11 hijackers.

Other changes my legislation would make include:

•  Amending the Visa Waver Program by tightening existing procedures and making them more focused on counterterrorism efforts;

•  Ensuring stricter compliance with information-sharing agreements by those countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program, and suspending their participation if compliance is less than 100%;

•  Authorizing the Secretary of State to revoke any passport issued to a United States citizen who is suspected of engaging in terrorist activities; and

•  Updating the definition of treason to include support of terrorist organizations.

It is imperative that we provide our intelligence and security professionals with the additional tools they need to address Americans who have joined ISIS and other terror groups.


 Putting More Pressure on Russia

Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine earlier this year, I have called on the United States and the European Union to act decisively and demonstrate that this aggression is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

This week I joined with several of my colleagues to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to press European financial regulators to cut off Russia’s top banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the world’s premier financial service. Governed by E.U. law, SWIFT is an international monetary network that allows banks to transfer funds across the world.

Our letter comes on the heels of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s September 18 address to a joint session of Congress, where he called for additional U.S. support and increased economic sanctions on Russia.

Last month, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron stated he would press EU leaders to block Russia from SWIFT entirely.

Boosting economic pressure on Russian banks would put an effective and immediate squeeze on Russia’s economy. Last week, former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kundrin stated that Russia’s expulsion from SWIFT would cause Russia’s GDP to shrink by 5%.

This meaningful step would send a message to Vladimir Putin that the world is united in opposition to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Coats in the News

Coats Pushes for Keystone Decision on Six Year Anniversary of Application 

Indiana & Kentucky Senators Support Action Against ISIS 

Senators Urge Admin to Ban Russia From Global Financial System 

HOWEY: Thinking through the American 'big stick' 

 

 



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