Protecting America From Terrorist Threats

Protecting America From Terrorist Threats by Bob Goodlatte

Protecting the American people from threats against the nation is the highest priority of the federal government. However, in direct contrast to this goal, the Obama Administration recently approved a final regulation to lift a 30-year prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. Once Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson signs this regulation, it will go into effect unless further action is taken.

The Obama Administration argues that this prohibition is no longer needed by claiming that the United States’ relationship with Libya has “normalized,” yet it is anything but normal. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality. Many extremist and terrorist groups operate without restraint in Libya. Terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi just two years ago, leaving four Americans dead. This summer, Americans working at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli were evacuated due to rival rebel groups battling each other for control of the area.

Lifting this longstanding ban is not in the best interest of the American people and needlessly places our country at risk. Just a few days ago, I joined Reps. Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz to introduce the Protecting the Homeland Act (H.R. 5401). This legislation, which was approved by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday by a bipartisan vote, would stop the Obama Administration from lifting the prohibition on Libyans.

A lack of accountability has been the hallmark of this Administration. If they will not forgo this foolish plan, the Protecting the Homeland Act would prevent the repeal of the Libya prohibition and help to protect our nation as part of the ongoing effort to thwart potential terrorist threats. Click here to read my full weekly column.
WATCH: Congressman Goodlatte joined Lou Dobbs to discuss the Protecting the Homeland Act.

More Obamacare Broken Promises
President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care plan you’ll be able to keep your health care plan” has proven to be blatantly false. Millions of Americans have seen their plans cancelled and now 250,000 Virginians are also expected to lose their plans this year. I have opposed Obamacare from the start and this is just another symptom of a fundamentally flawed law. The Employee Health Care Protection Act approved by the House this week would allow more Americans to keep plans that they like. I urge the Senate to take up this legislation and join the House in protecting the American people from the broken promises of Obamacare.

Mark Your Calendar: Dept. of Veterans Affairs Holding Town Hall Meetings

There are two opportunities coming up for local veterans or family members to voice any concerns they may have with service at local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities or provide feedback on VA programs. The Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall with Director Miguel LaPuz on Monday, September 15 at 5:30p.m in Building 5. The Roanoke Regional VA Office is hosting a town hall on Monday, September 22 at 3:00p.m. at the Salem VA Medical Center’s Building 5.

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