Political Radar


April 1st, 2014

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been assigned a coveted slot on the House Armed Services Committee.

Hawaii has traditionally had a seat on the committee, but U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will give up her post when she leaves the House after this term. Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary.

Gabbard, a freshman, snagged the spot over more seasoned Democrats.

From Gabbard:

As a twice-deployed combat veteran, and Captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard, I take very seriously the responsibility to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. This spring, as tough debates take place about the National Defense Authorization in the House, I will continue my work to support our servicemembers and their families, and to bring our troops home quickly and safely from Afghanistan.  I look forward to working towards ensuring sound national security policy, and to cut waste and inefficiency within the Defense Department.  I will continue my bipartisan efforts to reform our military justice system in order to end the epidemic of military sexual assault.

Hawaii plays a significant role in advancing our defense and foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region, and this appointment ensures Hawaii will continue to have a voice on this critical committee.  I am honored to join the committee and look forward to working with all of its members as we set priorities and funding levels for the Department of Defense, provide for our men and women in uniform, and support a robust national security strategy that focuses on emerging threats around the globe.

5 Responses to “Assigned”

  1. JimNan:

    With Kim Jong Crazyman making his crazy threats against S. Korea and the United States, you never know when he may have the capability to act on them. Hawaii's strategic position is critical as a military post. At the same time, no one wants any military conflict unnecessarily and Rep. Gabbard knows that firsthand. Very lucky for Hawaii we will retain representation on this critical committee.

  2. Sayer:

    Gabbard mentions "cutting waste and inefficiency in the Defense Department." Hmmm...bet the military contractors aren't too pleased to hear that. There is so much waste in the U.S. military - out of $600 billion spent in a year I'd love to see some hard numbers on how much of that is frittered away. Meanwhile many of our vets struggle to receive the modest benefits that are honestly their due. I recently read a shocking article that many of our military generals are basically treated like princes and kings, with private 4 star chefs, a huge entourage of servants, private military golf courses, private helicopters, etc. That kind of ridiculous lifestyle leads to delusion and corruption IMHO. Some of these guys need to get their allowance taken away and sent to their rooms.

  3. demokay:

    Democratic leadership is smart picking her.

  4. kamaaina808:

    Rep. Gabbard is a sound choice for the job - glad she got it. Hawaii, represent!

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Seems the military thinks expensive toys can win a war..
    Islam extremist are using cheaply made RPGs and Ak-47s which
    are one of the best weapons can be made..
    I don't see Taliban using tanks or helicopters but
    are scaring the day lights out of the military in Afghnistan.

    While America fights, Russia has been investing in stocks,
    and saving from not fighting any wars...America is broke.

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