National Security and Defense
Our all-volunteer military is the greatest fighting force the world has ever known and is the envy of the globe. In Congress, we have a responsibility to provide our defense agencies and soldiers with the resources they need to protect our country and support our allies. Supporting our nation’s military also means that ensuring that the brave men and women of our armed forced receive the support they deserve.
In the 21st century, threats to our nation’s security come in a variety of forms and we must continue to be vigilant against terrorism. In addition to traditional defense measures, cyber-security and bio-defense, including the important work done in Maryland at facilities like Fort Detrick is absolutely essential.
I voted to provide critical funding for defense operations and included a much-deserved 1.8% pay increase for military personnel in the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill, which also included new initiatives to prevent sexual assault in the military.
During debate of the Defense Appropriations Bill, I offered an amendment to increase funding for Fisher House, which provides free lodging near hospitals for military families when servicemen and veterans are receiving care. My amendment increased funding from $4 million to $20 million and will allow four new Fisher Houses to be built across the country. These new houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and will allow approximately 2,000 additional military families per year to stay with their heroes in their time of need at the hospital.
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WASHINGTON – The House has passed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735), legislation that includes an amendment by Rep. John K. Delaney (MD-6) to improve U.S. hostage recovery operations and improve communication with families. Authored by Delaney and Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50) the Delaney-Hunter amendment passed the House Thursday night.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) have introduced a measure to create a new Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator to direct hostage rescue efforts, lead a fusion cell and improve communication with families. The Delaney-Hunter amendment was successfully added to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735) during floor proceedings Thursday, passing by voice vote.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Delaney have introduced resolutions with Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (All D-Md.) to honor the memory of Dr. Warren Weinstein, a Marylander who died while being held hostage by al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His death, caused by an American strike on an al-Qaeda target, was a personal loss for Cardin, Mikulski and Delaney, who all worked tirelessly to bring their constituent back to his family in Rockville.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to create a new Hostage Czar, a high-level government official whose sole responsibility is to lead U.S. efforts to locate and recover American hostages. Last week, the White House announced that Dr. Warren Weinstein, a constituent of Rep. Delaney, was inadvertently killed in the bombing of an al-Qa’ida compound. Weinstein was held hostage for over three years.
WASHINGTON - Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will file legislation to create a new high-level government official whose sole responsibility is to lead U.S. efforts to locate and recover American hostages. The Hostage Czar created by Delaney’s legislation will chair the Committee on Hostage Recovery and sit on the National Security Council. Delaney discussed the legislation on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced that Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage by al-Qa’ida, was killed earlier this year. Weinstein, a Montgomery County resident, was captured in Pakistan in 2011.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Weinstein’s representative in the House, releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) took part in a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan policy Wednesday. Although not a member of the committee, Delaney requested to take part in the hearing in order to press administration officials on the handling of Warren Weinstein, a Rockville resident and constituent who was abducted in Pakistan in 2011.
In the hearing, Delaney asked the panel of officials from the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Department of Justice.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is December 7, the anniversary of the attack in 1941. Congressman Delaney authored an op-ed in the Frederick News-Post on the meaning and importance of the holiday.
Remembering Courage, Sacrifice and Resilience on Pearl Harbor Day
By Rep. John K. Delaney (MD-6)
WASHINGTON – The House has passed legislation to update the federal charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to reflect the service of women in the armed forces. H.R. 5441 makes two wording changes, replacing “men” with “veterans” and “widows” with “surviving spouses.” The changes are supported by the VFW, whose delegates voted in support of the change at the 115th VFW National Convention, held in St. Louis earlier this year.
The House Resolution to amend the charter passed by voice vote Monday.
WASHINGTON – Frederick Community College has been awarded a $1,172,276 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Continuing Training Grant Program. These grants will support Frederick Community College led workshops across the country to improve local disaster preparedness, focusing on how to improve information sharing, continuity of operations, gap remediation and how to strengthen private sector resilience and collaboration.