Defense and National Security
National defense is a key function of the Federal government. While we must always strive to protect our citizens, we must be careful that our protection does not infringe on our civil liberties. The PATRIOT Act and similar legislation, while well-intentioned, need strong reforms to ensure that privacy and liberty are protected. Recent events have proven the need for strong reforms at the NSA and other agencies. As such, I am a proud cosponsor of of the LIBERT-E Act and the NSA Inspector General Act. The LIBERT-E Act eliminates the authority the NSA uses to broadly collect citizen's data and the NSA Inspector General Act brings accountability to the agency. I am a proponent of a stong national defense, but our nation is only as strong as our bedrock--the Constitution. I believe our Founders knew that national security and liberty can go hand-in-hand. We must always work towards a Federal government that achieves that balance.
More on Defense and National Security
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee on Asia, is looking to expand information access to North Korea--and he has the backing of some leading figures on Capitol Hill.
Yoho is looking to update the North Korea Human Rights Act (NKHRA) of 2004 which authorized making radio broadcasts into North Korea. Noting the technological updates of the last 13 years, Yoho is calling to modernize the law with his “Distribution and Promotion of Rights and Knowledge Act of 2017.”
President Trump’s comment that the United States “could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” is backed by the reality of the threat from Pyongyang. Each missile tested and nuclear device detonated brings the Kim regime one step closer to having a nuclear tipped ICBM capable of striking the U.S. homeland.
Weeks after the Trump-Xi Summit that took place in Mar-a-Lago, North Korea remains an active and ever-growing threat. While discussion between the two leaders on how to address the Kim regime’s illicit nuclear program was at times overshadowed by the U.S. missile strike on Syria, it’s reasonable to say that President Xi realized that the United States has in fact ended its period of “strategic patience.”
Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement on North Korea’s failed missile launch:
“North Korea’s failed missile launch today only emphasizes Kim Jong-un’s complete disregard for international law and determination to obtain a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States. Such belligerent action cannot and should not be rewarded with a simple slap on the wrist. Instead, we need to take real action.
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement regarding the president’s immigration executive order suspending entry of individuals from certain countries:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL-03) re-introduced the State Sponsors of Terrorism Review Enhancement Act for the 115th Congress. This anti-terrorism bill passed the House last year. The bill will quadruple the time - from 6 to 24 months - a designated country must refrain from sponsoring terrorism, before a President, regardless of party, can remove it from the sponsor list. The bill also increases congressional oversight by doubling the time Congress has to review the President’s proposed removal--from 45 to 90 days.
Washington D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL -03) voted in favor of authorizing funds to strengthen America’s national defense and increase pay for our active duty troops. This important bipartisan authorization contains two provisions inserted by Congressman Yoho. The first prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) or the closure or transfer of that base. The second requires congressional approval of any and all MANPADS to Syria. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL-03) bill, the State Sponsors of Terrorism Review Enhancement Act (H.R. 5484), passed the House. This anti-terrorism bill will quadruple the time - from 6 to 24 months - a designated country must refrain from sponsoring terrorism, before a President, regardless of party, can remove it from the sponsor list. The bill also increases congressional oversight by doubling the time Congress has to review the President’s proposed removal--from 45 to 90 days.
Last week the Obama administration approved the largest release of detainees from the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These fifteen hardened terrorists will be transferred and placed under the custody of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This prisoner release greatly concerns me. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe this transfer is reckless and shortsighted.
Florida Republican Ted Yoho is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to delay--and possibly halt--the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Yoho noted on Wednesday that he was against the State Department’s planned $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
The North Florida Republican pointed to Saudi activities in Yemen as to why he was against the arms sale. The Saudis are currently battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen.