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NEWS: Top Foreign Policy Experts Sign onto Murphy’s Bill to Depoliticize the NSC

Momentum Grows; Ranking Members Engel, Schiff, and Smith Back Murphy’s Bill

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Washington, February 7, 2017 | comments

The ranking members of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are all backing U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s bill to protect the National Security Council (NSC) from political interference and to ensure that the president is receiving counsel from national security experts without the dangerous influence of partisan politics. Murphy, of Winter Park, Fla., said her bill continues to gain momentum.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y.; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith, D-Wash., have all cosponsored Murphy’s bill, H.R. 804, the Protecting the National Security Council from Political Interference Act of 2017.  The bill now has more than 90 cosponsors in the House, and a similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

“I would like to thank Ranking Members Engel, Schiff and Smith - three of the top foreign policy and national security experts in Congress - for supporting my bill to keep partisan politics out of our national security decisions,” said Murphy.  “Giving the president’s chief political strategist a position on the NSC is misguided and sets a dangerous precedent in national security.  I will fight to keep partisan politics out of our national security and ensure the president has experts at the table whose sole priority is the safety and security of the American people.”

Ranking Member Engel said, "When it comes to our national security concerns, the President needs the counsel of policy experts so he can arrive at the best decisions. Politics shouldn't be a consideration and political advisors have no place on the National Security Council. I'm grateful to Representative Murphy for offering this bill and I'm proud to cosponsor it.”

Ranking Member Schiff said, “Steve Bannon and his extreme views don't belong in the White House and have no place on the National Security Council. Formally making him a Member of the NSC will politicize our national security policy process, and is a dangerous departure from past Administrations."

Ranking Member Smith said, "The moves laid out in the National Security Presidential Memorandum take an unprecedented step to politicize the NSC. By placing a political operative at the table for all meetings, it concentrates power in the hands of Steve Bannon, an ultra-right-wing political strategist who wants to take national security policy in a direction that will undermine global security, strengthen our enemies, and shred American values." 

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