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House Democratic Caucus Launches National Security Task Force

June 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Democratic Caucus announced the launch of the Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force to advance smart, strategic, and strong national security policies focused on protecting the United States, the American people, and our interests abroad.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) will co-chair the task force, along with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.). The task force will, through substantive policy discussions, provide a forum for members to identify solutions to our most pressing security challenges and communicate these solutions to the American people in a clear and compelling way. The task force will also take concrete actions to bolster Democratic positioning on national security and hold the Trump administration accountable. 

“I am excited to announce the creation of this task force, which will be led by three members who bring a unique voice to national security - an issue critically important to all House Democrats,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley. “Congressman Jimmy Panetta is a proven leader and has national security expertise that extends beyond his military background. As a U.S. Navy veteran himself, he has a deep understating of the critical national security challenges that our nation faces, and I’m certain he will contribute significantly to the work of this important task force.”

“When I served in Afghanistan, I relied on our government’s strategic national security policies and intelligence resources to ensure my fellow service members’ safety and the success of our missions,” said Congressman Panetta. "Now as a member of Congress, it is my priority to safeguard our national security interests, uphold our American values, and thoughtfully manage our obligations abroad. This task force will strengthen and amplify Democrats’ voice as we work to identify solutions.” 

The task force will hold its inaugural meeting on June 21, where members will have the opportunity to discuss national security solutions with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The task force will continue to host high-level discussions, engage with the press, and advance strategic solutions to security concerns.

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