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Foster Introduces Legislation to Increase Accountability of National Security Council

May 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the National Security Accountability Act. The legislation would require Senate confirmation for the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States.

The National Security Council (NSC) was established by the National Security Act of 1947 and has evolved over the years from a mandated meeting of cabinet-level officials into a complex system of coordination, adjudication, and policy formulation executed by a large professional staff. This expansion of authority has allowed the NSC to set strategy across a wide spectrum of domestic and international issues. Currently, the President of the United States appoints the national security advisor without approval from Congress.

“The role of national security advisor has evolved into much more than just a confidential advisor to the president,” Foster said. “It is a position that has wide authority over America’s national security apparatus and is heavily involved in shaping U.S. policy. Our current national security advisor is known for radical views and a preference for military solutions. Simply put, America cannot afford a national security advisor who is a perpetual threat to our national security. Individuals who hold the position should undergo proper vetting by Congress, and their standards of professionalism and views on diplomacy should be thoroughly examined.”

A copy of the legislation is available here.