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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) spoke on the floor in support of his Defense appropriations amendment to stop the Trump Administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without Congressional approval. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) spoke in support of the amendment.
Upon introduction, Rep. Lieu said:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
“Iran is a malignant state actor. If it is true that the Iranian government is responsible for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, then Iran must be held accountable.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to the Inspector General (IG) of the U.S.
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are examining whether a former arms-industry lobbyist serving as a midlevel State Department official played a role in the Trump administration’s decision last month to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without seeking legislative approval, lawmakers and current and former government officials said.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2476, Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019. This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) and increases its funding from $60 million to $75 million. In 2016 and 2018, Congressman Lieu sent letters of support for the program, which helps nonprofit institutions like synagogues, churches and mosques improve their security protections.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and 12 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Pompeo requesting clarification over U.S. policy in Libya. A generic read-out of President Trump’s phone call with Khalifa Haftar on April 15 has led to perceived uncertainty regarding the U.S. position. Libyan armed actors are now using that confusion over U.S. policy as justification to continue the conflict, further jeopardizing prospects for a political settlement and threatening regional stability.
By Ted W. Lieu and Edward J. Markey
United States has the world’s most powerful military ever. It spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined and has developed many of the most destructive conventional weapons ever created to ensure that America can address any threat. Congress consistently authorizes investments in innovative technology and weaponry to protect our country and our allies.
By TED LIEU and RUBEN GALLEGO