Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes for Missile Defense, Hawai"i Priorities in Defense Funding Bill

Press Release

Date: June 20, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted for the annual Defense Appropriations bill, which includes funding the Congresswoman requested for strengthening missile defense to protect Hawai"i from North Korean threats, and an amendment she co-sponsored to defund unconstitutional National Security Agency programs that spy on innocent Americans.

"This bipartisan Defense funding bill maintains our commitment to a strong national defense and takes steps to restore our civil liberties," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "The legislation provides critical funding for missile defense initiatives, including the Aegis Ashore program based on Kaua"i, an investment in our defense against direct, belligerent threats from North Korea toward the people of Hawai"i and our country. The bill reaffirms our nation's commitment to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. I will continue my work on the House Armed Services Committee to provide resources that will keep Hawai"i's people safe, and support our nation's strategic defense and economic interests.

"I'm proud to have overwhelmingly passed a key bipartisan amendment last night that will defund unconstitutional National Security Agency programs that spy on Americans without a warrant. Our first priority must always be to keep our people safe; there's simply no evidence that this flagrant violation of Americans' rights has served to strengthen our national security. Millions of innocent Americans have unknowingly been spied on by their government, which disrespects those who fought and sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms and civil liberties."

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard requested the following provisions that were included in the final Defense funding bill:

Support for the Missile Defense Agency's mission to bolster homeland defense and improve reliability of its defense systems.
$225.77 million: Support for the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense program.
Additional $20 million: Suicide prevention and outreach programs for servicemembers.
$17.07 million: Defense-wide research, development, testing and evaluation of complex military technology systems.
$8 million: Support for the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Research Program, which will provide competitive grants for cutting-edge research to accelerate treatment for TSC. Military servicemembers are at high-risk for TSC and seizures if they have suffered a traumatic brain injury.