Our strong national security is an essential issue facing the Congress and our nation. As a member of the House Financial Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, I have used my expertise to provide our national security personnel the resources they need to fight and defeat terror at home and around the globe. The mission of ISIS is not only to terrorize third world and developing countries, but also to come to the U.S. and other western nations—as we have seen in San Bernadino, California and Paris, France. ISIS strives not only to take the lives of innocent people, but to destroy our way of life, faith, religious beliefs, and rights. Fortunately, the President brought new leadership to the allied fight against ISIS. The U.S. led direct, coordinated strategy has destroyed the Caliphate’s command and control and freed their territory across Iraq and Syria.
As a businessman with over three decades of financial, management, and banking experience, I have worked diligently with my colleagues to find solutions that will improve traditional interdiction of terror finance in the banking, trade, and business sectors. Further, I used my experience to help design legislation to reform our Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws.
Additionally, I voted for H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House of Representatives and is an important measure that funds our national defense priorities at home and abroad. This bill gives our troops a much deserved pay raise (the first pay raise in eight years) and pumps money into training. Our current combat readiness is at dangerously low levels.
Importantly, I was pleased to assist in securing funding for the much needed modernization of the C-130 Hercules fleet, the backbone of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard airlifters at the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB). As Congress continues to address the important issues facing American security and military, I will continue to support the needs of our military to provide a strong national defense for the United States.
Further, I led the push for the Air Force and Air National Guard to maintain a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) that is located on LRAFB. By keeping this important national security investment worth more than $10 million facility at LRAFB, the Air Force was able to establish a new training mission located at the SCIF and, in the future, will be able to expand the cyber missions in Central Arkansas.