State of Indiana Archives: on Homeland Security
Rebuild American greatness; make our military mighty again
A strong national defense is a deterrent to those who seek to do us and our allies harm, yet the current administration in Washington has done more to weaken our military and our reputation of might & strength than any administration in modern history.
Jim Banks is uniquely qualified to serve as our next Congressman and work toward rebuilding American greatness at home and abroad, making our military mighty again and projecting strength rather than weakness to our enemies.
As our national defense becomes increasingly reliant on the reserves and the guard to supplant the full-time military, policymakers who understand the toll that additional reliance takes on their personnel,
their families and their employers are critical if rational policy decisions can be expected from Washington, D.C.
Source: 2016 Indiana House campaign website JimBanks.us
Nov 8, 2016
Increase federal vet benefits by 10%, plus state services
Source: 2016 Indiana governor campaign website GreggForGovernor.com
Aug 31, 2016
- The benefits veterans earn during their services are mostly federal benefits. As such, John Gregg's administration will work with federal officials to draw down new sources of federal funding to support Hoosier veterans and their families.
Gregg supports innovative policies like full "freedom of choice" that will allow veterans to choose health care providers closer to their homes.
- Governor Gregg will support the creation of a marketing and outreach campaign to help veterans
learn benefits for which they are eligible and how to access them.
- Gregg will conduct a comprehensive review of the current job placement system, evaluate what is working and reform what is not.
If Indiana increased the amount of benefits received by our veterans by just 10 percent--a completely reasonable number--an additional $853 million would flow into the state every year, generating approximately $17 million in tax revenues.
Supported expanding benefits and opportunities for veterans
Pence signed more than a dozen bills he says will expand benefits and opportunities for Indiana's military servicemembers and veterans. [One veteran's spokesperson], who led the Indiana National Guard for 11 years, says he's particularly pleased with
one that expands the Military Family Relief Fund. That program was originally created to help post-9/11 veterans pay food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills. Umbarger says the legislation extends that help to all veterans.
Source: WFYI news "Pence Signs 13 Bills," 2016 Indiana Governor race
Mar 22, 2016
Peace through strength, not peace through hope
I support peace through strength and believe that doctrine will make America safer, stronger and freer. In fact, when I served in the United States Navy we had a president who pursued that strategy, put together a coalition of willing nations to
justly halt a territorial grab in the heart of the Middle East and brought a swift conclusion to Desert Storm.
Today, we aren't so fortunate to have that type of leadership. From Russia to Iran to ISIS, our current foreign policy is focused on peace
through hope. Our commander-in-chief is more interested, it seems, in polishing his Nobel Peace Prize than providing American leadership around the globe, and the void has been filled by others with ill intentions.
In order to combat these threats, we must attract, train and equip the best fighting force the world will ever know and honor our commitment to the veterans who already have given so much.
Source: Holcomb's Kokomo Tribune OpEd on 2016 Indiana Senate race
Jul 9, 2015
So-authored nuclear nonproliferation program 20 years ago
A majority of the debate questions focused more on foreign policy and national security--Lugar's specialty as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He frequently touted his nuclear nonproliferation program--
co-authored 20 years ago with then-Sen. Sam Nunn (a Democrat)--the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) nonproliferation program following the Cold War.
Source: RealClearPoitics.com coverage of 2012 Indiana Senate debates
Apr 12, 2012
Focus on fiscal discipline and strong national security
In 2006, Donnelly was elected to U.S. Congress to represent Indiana's 2nd District. He is currently serving his third term after being reelected in 2008 and 2010. He is a member of the Blue Dog
Coalition which promotes a moderate agenda that includes fiscal discipline and strong national security. Joe also serves on two important committees that help meet the diverse needs of Indiana's 2nd District: Financial Services and Veteran's Affairs.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website www.joeforindiana.com, "Issues"
Jul 16, 2011
Use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists
Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications,
to prevent future terrorist attacks?
A: "Greater discretion" is too broad in determining the balance between civil liberties and national security. Specifics are necessary.
Q: Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
A: Again, the question on pre-emptive strikes cannot be answered without addressing the nature of the "threat".
Source: Congressional Indiana 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
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