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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Introduced by Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, the NDAA provides the readiness, resources, and reform needed to strengthen the U.S. military.
North Korea will be the subject of an emergency meeting at the UN Security Council after a successful launch of an ICBM on Tuesday. North Korea claims it could reach anywhere in the world. Congressman Don Bacon revealed more information about North Korea’s capabilities. He says they have at least ten nuclear weapons and that is at the unclassified level and they are working to make the warheads smaller to put them on these missiles that can now hit Alaska and Hawaii. He says hitting the continental United States is just a matter of time.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Responding to world-wide cyber-attacks, which are devastating businesses and jeopardizing the function of critical US infrastructure, Congressman Don Bacon’s (NE-02) amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was approved for inclusion by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). His amendment will enhance cyber security training to further protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. Congressman Bacon is a member of the HASC.
OMAHA, NE — Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement in regards to the London terror attacks:
"Not only do our prayers go out to the people of London, but as Theresa May said in her statement last night, 'Enough is Enough', in this global fight against radical Islamic terrorism.We will stand with Great Britain and build upon our strong military and intelligence partnership that has long been a cornerstone of our national security strategy. Her enemy is our enemy.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Heartfelt pleas from Estonia and Poland government leaders for a permanent presence by the United States Military was fresh on the mind of Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02), after he returned from a week-long bipartisan CODEL to Europe led by Speaker Paul Ryan. Currently, the United States rotates troops in and out of these two countries.
(OMAHA, NE) Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement regarding the first stop of a trip by a bipartisan congressional delegation to reaffirm relationships with U.S. partners.
“The long-term security of America will require a strategic plan that involves a solid relationship with key allies around the world,” noted Congressman Don Bacon. “I was pleased to engage in meaningful dialogue with top government officials in Norway on the current political landscape of Europe; security challenges from Syria, Iran, and Russia; as well as economic and trade issues.”
(OMAHA, NE) Yesterday, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) joined House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in a bipartisan delegation traveling to key European ally nations, with the goal of strengthening economic and security ties with our NATO partners. The delegation will travel to the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, and Estonia to meet with government officials and military leaders where they will review and discuss evolving security threats facing Europe as well as opportunities for greater economic cooperation.
President Donald Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian air base with cruise missiles last week was an appropriate response to the Syrian government’s recent use of sarin gas in attacking the town of Khan Sheikhoun, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said Tuesday in Hastings.
“I thought it was appropriate, it was proportional,” Bacon said in an interview with the Tribune following a visit to an area cattle-feeding operation. “We needed to let (President Bashar al) Assad know you can’t gas your own people.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Italy to meet with the G7 industrialized nations this week and the crisis in Syria will be on the agenda. Last week the U.S. fired dozens of missiles at an air base in Syria where chemical weapons were launched that killed more than 80 people and injured dozens more. Congressman Bacon agrees the air strike on Syria was necessary but there are no winners here.
While supporting President Donald Trump's punitive air strike on a Syrian airfield, several members of Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation called Friday for a clear U.S. strategy in dealing with Syria and its accompanying humanitarian crisis.
"It is critical that the president establish a clear strategy and end-goal with regards to Syria and consult with Congress before taking further military action," Rep. Don Bacon said.