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National Security

The brave men and women serving this country deserve not only our gratitude, but also strong benefits including a living wage and health care for themselves and their families.  This support should include providing the best equipment, much of which is manufactured in Connecticut.  At the same time, the decision of whether to go to war is the most solemn decision a Member of Congress makes, and our troops deserve thoughtful consideration of when, where and how to deploy our military to meet our security challenges. 

 

Supporting Connecticut’s Defense Industrial Base

From early 19th century production of firearms to today’s manufacturing of helicopters, jet engines, submarines, and more, Connecticut has always played a central role in providing our troops with the equipment they need.  Defense manufacturing today is a critical source of high skilled jobs in Connecticut’s Third District. 

Rosa has always supported defense programs that maintain jobs in Connecticut, including the Black Hawk, Marine One Presidential, Combat Rescue and CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter programs, as well as the procurement of engines for the C-17, F-22, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other aircraft.  Rosa as been an advocate for the Joint Strike Fighter primary engine, with testing and assembly of that engine taking place in Middletown, and played a lead role in terminating the alternate engine program.   

Rosa is also a leader in ensuring that our military is procuring American-made equipment.  She fought for re-bids of contracts for both the Marine One and Air Force Aerial Refueling Tanker originally awarded to European companies.  The final Tanker contract was awarded to a U.S. company which will create jobs in Connecticut and the Marine One is now scheduled to be re-bid.

Rosa is also fighting to end the Defense Department’s no-bid purchases of helicopters for the Afghan Security Forces from the Russian state arms dealer Rosoboronexport.   That firm is providing weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allowing the regime to commit atrocities against innocent men, women and children.  Rosa successfully led an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill that would prohibit the Defense Department from entering into such contracts and requiring any such future contract to be competitively bid. 

 

Ending the War in Afghanistan

Our combat troops, including service members from Connecticut, have now been in Afghanistan for over ten years. Over two thousand brave American men and women have perished in what has become the longest war in our history. Their sacrifice, hard work, and dedication have resulted in the weakening of Al Qaeda, and Osama Bin Laden has been brought to justice.  Rosa believes it is time to bring our military involvement in Afghanistan to an end.   

President Obama and NATO leaders announced an end to combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013, and a transition of military control to the Afghans in 2014.  Rosa believes we should expedite our troops’ return and speed up the transition to having Afghans in charge of Afghanistan.  She supports legislation requiring a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan by ending combat operations while providing for a safe and orderly withdrawal from the country.

Rosa believes we can protect the American people with a smaller military footprint in Afghanistan.  Rather than spending $130 billion a year rebuilding Afghanistan, our long-term position and security in the world will be most enhanced if we focus on investing in jobs and rebuilding the American economy.

 

More on National Security

May 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released a Memorial Day video honoring those who lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces. The video can be found here, and below are her remarks as delivered:
May 19, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, sent a letter to the United States Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham seeking additional information on the experimental Household Pulse Survey being conducted over the next three months.
May 6, 2020 Press Release

Chairwoman DeLauro Opening Remarks for House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Hearing on COVID-19 Response

(As prepared for delivery)

A video of the hearing can be found here.

 

April 25, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today released the following statement after the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were in violation of the 1997 Flores Settlement—which established standards for the care of unaccompanied children.
April 24, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing serious concern regarding reports the Office of Refugee Resettlement is considering new aggressive immigration policies and calling on him to ensure ORR remains focused first and foremost on the wellbeing of the children in its care.
April 16, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today released the following statement upon reports that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is considering limiting sponsors for unaccompanied children and resuming fingerprinting for all members of potential sponsors’ households.
March 25, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after two residents of the Third District—one in New Haven and one in West Haven—died from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 5, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a new report on HHS’s response to the President’s zero-tolerance policy, which led to widespread family separations.
March 4, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after voting to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), an emergency supplemental funding agreement to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
February 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after President Trump diverted $3.83 billion dollars from the Department of Defense budget in order to build a southern border wall.