Jeff Denham on Homeland Security



Fully support heroic efforts to thwart global terrorism

The sacrifice borne by American servicemembers provides a stark reminder that the costs of freedom are high, and that we have an obligation to provide for our nation's security. As coalition forces continue their heroic efforts to thwart global terrorism, stabilize the respective regions, and improve the economic, social, and political conditions, we must be steadfast in our support of their efforts.

Above all, this means providing the necessary resources as requested by the commanders on the ground. I firmly believe that the military men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, have the most useful knowledge and understanding of the nature of our enemy and the means necessary to achieve victory. Anything short of providing all the tools needed for victory is unacceptable.

Source: 2011 House of Representatives website, "Issues" , Oct 30, 2011

Enlisted at age 17; served in Iraq & Somalia

At the age of 17, Senator Denham enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served on active and reserve status for 16 years. He is a recipient of the meritorious service medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). Denham was awarded the "Order of California" for exceptional meritorious service by the California National Guard; the highest award possible given for distinguished service.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, denhamforcongress.com, "About" , Nov 2, 2010

Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps.

    Congressional Summary: To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content, including:
  1. broadcasting, transmitting, and programming over noncommercial educational radio broadcast stations
  2. cooperating with foreign broadcasting networks
  3. assisting and supporting noncommercial educational radio broadcasting
  4. paying dues to such organizations
  5. or acquiring radio programs for public broadcast.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Rep. Blackburn, R-TN]: This bill gets the Federal Government--and Federal taxpayers--out of the business of buying radio programming they do not agree with. This is a bill that is long overdue. Regardless of what you think of NPR, its programming or statements by its management, the time has come to cut the umbilical cord from the taxpayer support that has become as predictable as an entitlement program. Much has changed in the media landscape since the wiretaps, to seek certain business records, and to gather intelligence on lone terrorists who are not affiliated with a known terrorist group. The Patriot Act works. It has proved effective in preventing terrorist attacks and protecting Americans. To let these provisions expire would leave every American less safe.

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
[Rep. Conyers, D-MI]: Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows a secret FISA court to authorize our government to collect business records or anything else, requiring that a person or business produce virtually any type record. We didn't think that that was right then. We don't think it's right now. This provision is contrary to traditional notions of search and seizure which require the government to show reasonable suspicion or probable cause before undertaking an investigation that infringes upon a person's privacy. And so I urge a "no" vote on the extension of these expiring provisions.

Reference: FISA Sunsets Extension Act; Bill H.514 ; vote number 11-HV066 on Feb 17, 2011

Member of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Denham is a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning veterans. Jurisdiction includes retiring and disability pensions, life insurance, education (including the G.I. Bill), vocational training, medical care, and home loan guarantees. The committee oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans' hospitals, and veterans' cemeteries, except cemeteries under the Secretary of the Interior.

Source: U.S. House of Representatives website, www.house.gov 11-HC-Vet on Feb 3, 2011

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