Taylor needs to match words, actions

As a Navy Seal, Scott Taylor's loyalty to his country and his team were paramount to the success of any mission. As a U.S. Congressman, the people of the 2nd District, including the men and women of the armed forces, are his team. He is sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution and must put country over party in order to continue to earn his trident every day.

National Security is a priority and while it is encouraging that H.R. McMaster has been selected as National Security Advisor, a dangerous and parallel structure threatens the National Security Council.

In an hastily signed executive order, Steve Bannon was elevated to the principals committee of the NSC while the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence were downgraded to attend meetings on an "as-needed" basis. Senator John McCain calls this a "radical departure from any National Security Council in history."

Congressman Taylor agrees that Steve Bannon should not be a principal on the NSC but falls short of following through will any substantive action on this issue. H.R. 804, The Protect the National Security Council from Political Interference Act of 2017 would effectively remove Steve Bannon from the principals committee and acknowledge the importance of a permanent seat at the table for both the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs on that committee.

Life and death decisions made that involve the men and women of our armed forces should not fall under the purview of political influence. Congressman Taylor must put words to action, speak truth to power and support H.R. 804.

Christine Payne

Williamsburg

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