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National Security and Veterans

I emphasize the need to maintain peace and security at home and abroad, through diplomacy whenever possible. I opposed both the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq in the Wisconsin State Legislature, and I support the continued withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The use of chemical weapons in Syria was reprehensible and it deserved a united global response. We must continue to work with the international community to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

I believe our country must maintain a proper balance between security and liberty. I am committed to protecting the privacy rights of all Americans; as such, I am an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan and bicameral USA FREEDOM Act that would rein in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) blanket surveillance policies.

I remain committed to ensuring Wisconsin’s 400,000 veterans get the benefits they have earned. When our brave men and women return from foreign conflicts and retire from the military, the U.S. has a duty to provide them the support and care they deserve. I am committed to ending the VA backlog and am a co-sponsor of the Veterans Claims Efficiency Through Automation Act, which would allow the VA to streamline its services and serve veterans most in need. 

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Jun 5, 2020 Press Release

MADISON, WI—As the nation mourns the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black Americans at the hands of police violence, Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) is introducing the Police Training and Accountability Act. The bill would establish a national training standard for all law enforcement officers and a Civilian-Law Enforcement Bill of Rights for anyone having contact with law enforcement. A civilian commission would be named to set standards of training for police, to bridge the wide gaps of what training for law enforcement looks like nationwide.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.

Mar 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, to follow-up on previous outreach to the Department of Defense (DoD) on the lack of coronavirus testing capabilities available to military personnel stationed abroad as well as seeking additional information about the DoD’s response strategies to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after reaching out to the Department of Defense on the lack of coronavirus test kits at military bases abroad.

“We were contacted about a military base, 75 miles from the Iranian border, where a number of military personnel have flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for the flu. The base is only a few miles from a town in Afghanistan with 5 known positive cases for coronavirus.

Jul 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) applauded the House of Representatives for passing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would correct the military records of service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned.
Jun 26, 2019 Press Release
Today, as Americans celebrate LGBT Pride Month, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Katie Hill (CA-25), along with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), reintroduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act.
Apr 9, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today responded to Governor Scott Walker’s letter outlining his support for ‘President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions to secure America’s southern border.’ Walker’s letter comes three days after Pocan called on Walker to refuse to send any National Guard members from Wisconsin as part of President Trump’s plan.
Apr 6, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today wrote to Governor Scott Walker, calling on him to reject President Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard members to the southern border and refuse to send any National Guard members from Wisconsin.
Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to reverse military policy and ‘not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.’
Jul 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, calling for the agency to restore funding for two state veteran homeless programs after it was reported that the facilities would no longer receive federal funding.