Keeping politics out of our national security leadership
While it is every new president's right to reorganize the National Security Council, Congressman Denny Heck believes recent changes are misguided and would inhibit the effectiveness of the NSC. Not only was the President's political advisor added, but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence—some of the most important policy voices when it comes to military and intelligence matters—were removed.
Partisan politics has not place at the table of the National Security Council. Congressman Heck has signed on to multiple policy proposals in order to ensure the integrity of the National Security Council's principals committee and to avoid political interference in the leadership of the group tasked with making the most crucial military and intelligence decisions.
On April 5, 2017, the President again restructured the National Security Council by removing the White House Chief Strategist and adding the Director of National Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Energy onto the Principals Committee. While this is a step in the right direction, Congressman Heck will continue to fight against partisan appointments in national security positions.