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  • Hastings’ Statement on Terrorist Attack in Istanbul
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Homeland Security, International Relations

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to the terrorist attack that took place at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey: “I was so deeply saddened and horrified by the terrorist attack that took place at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey that has claimed the lives over 40 people, and wounded scores of others. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families. These senseless acts of terrorism remind u... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Memorial Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking Memorial Day: “On this Memorial Day, let us take a moment to remember the brave men and women who have fought and died in defense of our country. Let us honor their courage, sacrifice, and dedication to preserving the freedoms we so closely cherish. “We must continue to fight for the rights of all veterans, active duty members of the armed forces, and their families. As our troops come home from conflicts overse... Read more

  • Hastings Urges Continued Prioritization of Special Immigrant Visa Program
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Immigration Policy, FAFF - The Middle East

    Today, Congressman Hastings (D-FL) sent the below letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to continue prioritizing the processing of the Special Immigrant Visa applications. Please see below and attached a copy of the letter. Joining Hastings in signing the letter were Representatives (15): John Conyers, Jr., Jim McDermott, Zoe Lofgren, Earl Blumenauer, James P. McGovern, Michael M. Honda, Betty McCollum, Chris Van Hollen, Albio Sires, Peter Welch, David N. Cicilline, Lois Frankel, A... Read more

  • Hastings and Schweikert Laud Passage of their Amendment on Tunisia in NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, International Relations

    Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) Co-Chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, released a joint statement on their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, expressing the sense of Congress that the United States assist and cooperate with the Republic of Tunisia as it combats the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or other terrorist organizations. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings: “The United States must stand ready to a... Read more

  • Hastings Offers Amendment to National Defense Authorization Bill Calling for Increased Assistance to Jordan on Border Security and Military Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, International Relations, FAFF - The Middle East

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) offered an amendment to H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, calling for additional funds to be directed to Jordanian border security and military activities. (Please find attached a copy of the amendment): “I am proud to have offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would provide an additional $25 million both to Jordanian border security efforts and enhanced military capability, r... Read more

  • Hastings Observes Veterans Day
    Posted in Press Releases on November 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement in observance of Veteran’s Day: “As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, let us honor those men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Their courage and sacrifice have not only protected and advanced the freedoms of Americans, but peoples all around the world. “We must not forget that these men and women – who have risked their lives for their country – endure physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, or mental healt... Read more

  • Hastings Commemorates 3rd Anniversary of End of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t, Tell’
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, GLBT Equality

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the third anniversary of the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the 1993 law that banned open service by gay and lesbian Americans in the military: “Three years ago, our nation committed to history the discriminatory law known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ And three years later, gay and lesbian Americans in uniform continue to serve – as they have always done – bravely and selflessly. The difference is that they are no longer for... Read more

  • Hastings on 13th Anniversary of the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Homeland Security, International Relations, FAFF - Iraq

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement regarding the 13th anniversary of the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001: “Thirteen years ago, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. “The AUMF authorized the President to use all necessary force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determined planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, o... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Presidential Address regarding ISIS
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, FAFF - The Middle East, FAFF - Iraq

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on President Barack Obama’s address regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS): “This evening, the President outlined his strategy for combating ISIS, the extremist group that brutally claimed the lives of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The situation is becoming increasingly dire and complex as ISIS continues to terrorize the people of Iraq, and works to expand its influence in the region. We cannot... Read more

  • Hastings Marks 5th Anniversary of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Education, Veterans

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill: “On June 22, 1944, our nation made a commitment to help our veterans access higher education and prepare for their futures after military service. Recently we celebrated the 70th anniversary of that promise, and today we commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which was passed in 2009 to fill a growing gap in benefits. As we commemorate this importa... Read more