(Greg Lemon) – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), Chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, released on Thursday, October 15, 2015 the following statement on President Obama’s Afghanistan troop level announcement.
“Today’s announcement is a reminder that our national security strategy must be based on one thing: conditions on the ground, not campaign promises. The President’s announced plan for Afghanistan is necessary to our national security and the stability of Afghanistan and the Central Asian region. While the American people are rightly weary of these long conflicts, failure to leave a country and its security forces in a position to defend its people is a grave mistake, as we have seen in Iraq.”
“What’s more important is what the President did NOT say while making this announcement; that he plans to veto the very legislation that provides our troops pay, benefits, and the authorities they need to achieve the mission he laid out. The NDAA gives the President every defense dollar he asked for and yet he has threatened to veto it to advance his domestic political agenda. The 9,800 American troops on the ground in Afghanistan deserve better. They deserve to know their country’s leaders are behind them and willing to put partisan differences aside in order to complete the mission.”
Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.