Baldwin, Senators Question Secretary of Defense on Reorganization of National Security Council
“We are concerned that the unprecedented elevation of a political operative to the senior leadership of the NSC may compromise the national security decision making process and put American lives at risk at home and abroad.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee.
“We are concerned that the unprecedented elevation of a political operative to the senior leadership of the NSC may compromise the national security decision making process and put American lives at risk at home and abroad. We are also concerned that President Trump reportedly may not have been briefed on this memorandum or fully understood the changes it made to the NSC,” the senators wrote.
Baldwin and Heinrich were also joined by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeffery Merkley (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Edward Markey (D-MA) in asking whether the Department of Defense was consulted prior to these changes and what the Defense Secretary’s views are on whether partisan political considerations should be a part of the national security decision-making process.
A copy of the letter is available here, which includes a number of questions the senators are asking Secretary Mattis to answer on the recent reorganization of the NSC.
Recent Press Releases by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Vote to Terminate President Trump’s Declaration of a National EmergencyMar 14th, 2019 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
"Our Constitution is very clear that Congress has the power of the purse and President Trump can’t just steal the purse and spend money on whatever he wants."
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Reform to Protect Health Care and Social Services Workers from Workplace ViolenceMar 14th, 2019 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Legislation creates standard requiring health care and social service employers to implement workplace violence prevention plan and protect employees from violent incidents
Senator Baldwin and Representative Pascrell Reintroduce Tax Reform to Close Tax Loophole for Millionaires and Billionaires on Wall StreetMar 13th, 2019 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
President Trump broke promise to close tax loophole. Legislation would end carried interest tax loophole for Wall Street hedge fund managers