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Foster Introduces Legislation to Strengthen National Security Council

May 23, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced legislation that 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 and does not need approval from Congress.

“We live in a world where the threat of nuclear weapons and war remains a very real prospect in the world. As the only PhD physicist in Congress, I am acutely aware of the capacity these weapons have and their ability to destroy human life. It is incumbent on Congress to ensure that individuals who hold this position meet rigorous standards of professionalism and that they put diplomacy and peace for the United States first,” Foster said. “We cannot have a national security advisor who is a threat to our national security.”

In March, President Donald Trump announced that former Ambassador John Bolton would serve as his next National Security Advisor, replacing General H.R. McMaster. John Bolton was a leading architect of the Iraq War and is known for his radical views, contentious personality, and disdain for diplomacy. He has continuously advocated for launching a first-strike against North Korea and has publicly degraded diplomatic institutions.

 

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