On Wednesday U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy introduced a bill on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to protect the National Security Council (NSC) from political interference and to ensure that Donald Trump is getting national security counsel WITHOUT the dangerous influence of partisan politics.
AKA… Keep Stephen Bannon OUT of the NSC!!
Murphy's proposed legislation will have two provisions:
– To ensure that no individual whose "primary responsibility is political in nature" is assigned to the council or authorized to attend NSC meetings; and,
– To express the view of Congress that the Director of National Intelligence or the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff should have a standing invitation to attend Principal Committee meetings.
Taking the stand, Miz Murphy explained the importance of depoliticizing the NSC and putting the safety of Americans first:
"The security of the American people should be more important than partisan politics. As a former national security specialist at the Department of Defense and a current member of the House Armed Services Committee, I can tell you the last place partisan politics belongs is in national security. It is reasonable and commonplace for presidents to decide who attends security meetings, but I strongly believe the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should have a standing invitation to attend all Principals Committee meetings given their importance to national security and expertise. My bill will help depoliticize national security so that we never jeopardize the safety and security of the American people."
Watch the congresswoman try to rally support for the bill (below)!