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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), a former active duty Air Force officer, sent a letter with 11 Members of Congress who served in the military or in national security fields urging the Department of Defense to rescind its transgender servicemember ban. In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination, the Members argue in their letter to Defense Secretary Esper that this standard should be applied to military service too. Previously, Rep.
While running for office in 2016, Donald Trump asked Russia to hunt for the emails of his Democratic rival and touted documents stolen by Russia intelligence agents that had been published by WikiLeaks.
WASHINGTON - Last week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting an explanation as to whether the DOJ had authorized mass serveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters. The Members request clarity on whether powerful surveillance technologies such as cell-site simulators were being deployed against protesters.
In the letter, the Members write:
Dear Attorney General Barr:
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) urged Defense Secretary Esper to ban depictions of the Confederate flag in all public and work spaces at all military installations. Recently, the U.S. Marine Corps banned public depictions of the Confederate flag.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its intention to abandon the Open Skies Treaty. The treaty promotes international military openness and transparency by allowing unarmed aerial surveillance flights over participating countries.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House announced its intention to fire State Department Inspector General Steven Linick. Since the announcement on Friday night, reports say the IG's office was investigating the arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as Secretary Pompeo's alleged use of staff for personal errands.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to the President urging him not to require graduating West Point cadets to return to school to hear President Trump speak during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so, Rep. Lieu argues, could put their lives and the lives of their families at risk.
In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:
Dear Mr. President:
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper calling for the firing of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly following his comments to sailors aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and decision to relieve CAPT Brett Crozier of command.
Democrats in both chambers of Congress are calling for an investigation into the Navy’s firing of an aircraft carrier commander who had pleaded for help with a coronavirus outbreak on his ship.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) called for an investigation into whether the Secretary of the Navy acted inappropriately by relieving an aircraft carrier Captain who expressed concern about coronavirus spreading among servicemembers in the Captain's charge.
In the letter, the Members wrote:
Dear Acting Inspector General Fine: