Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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National Security

Lone wolf attacks.  ISIS brutality.  A nuclear-armed Iran with ballistic missiles.  Cyberattacks targeting our personal information and critical infrastructure.

Our world is increasingly complex and dangerous, and many of the threats we face today are far different from the evils defeated by the Greatest Generation.   

  • Sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks:  FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson both warn of current threats posed by sleeper cells.  Hundreds of Americans and Europeans have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS, and they possess valid passports to easily return home for jihad.
  • The terrorist next door:  ISIS and other jihadists are effectively using social media to seduce and radicalize Americans.  A teenager from York County was arrested for plotting to join ISIS, while a teenager from Morganton was arrested for plotting to kill 1000 Americans in the name of ISIS.
  • Cyberattacks:  China and possibly other countries have the ability to shut down the entire U.S. electric grid through cyberattack, according to November testimony by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
  • Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East:  Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt are all expected to pursue nuclear weapons in response to the Iran nuclear deal, which also lifts restrictions on Iran obtaining ballistic missiles.  Under the agreement, Iran will receive billions in sanctions relief, which will help fund Iran’s terrorist surrogates in the Middle East and Latin America.

As Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, I am working to strengthen America’s relationship with allies in the Middle East and Europe to combat the rising tide of extremism.  This includes organizing two major forums where Members of Parliament from across Europe met with Congressional leadership to discuss cooperation on Intelligence, Security, and Terrorism issues.  A third forum is planned this fall.

To help families and small businesses prepare for terrorist attacks, I produced, an easy-to-use preparedness manual with common sense suggestions to mitigate the impact of potential terrorist attacks.  We must not live in fear, but we are wise to be prepared. 

As Vice Chairman of the Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, I am working with both government and private organizations to better track the illicit flow of money used to finance terrorism, and to find ways to cut it off.  Just like a business, terrorists need money to operate.  By targeting their illicit funding in the global financial system, we can deal an important blow to ISIS and similar organizations.

As your Congressman, I’ve supported important national security legislation, including co-sponsoring legislation to restrict travel to Syria and other terrorist hot spots.

We must also maintain a robust defense against military actions, which is why I helped pass legislation to fully fund our military, modernize the military retirement system, and provide our brave troops with a pay raise.  Those who risk their lives in defense of our freedom deserve modern equipment, adequate pay, and the certainty that America will care for our veterans.

America is a beacon of freedom and liberty to the world.  We must maintain constant vigilance and always be prepared to adapt to new threats.

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Jun 19, 2017 Press Release





Jun 19, 2017 Press Release
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly formally rescinded President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” (DAPA) order, which had already been blocked by federal courts. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), a strong supporter of legal immigration and law enforcement, had this reaction:
Jun 6, 2017 Press Release
In response to several terrorist attacks carried out by European citizens who had traveled to Syria or Libya for training, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has co-sponsored the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act (H.R. 1196).
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who identified over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to help balance North Carolina’s budget while serving as a State Senator, had these comments on President Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal:
May 9, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) met with North Carolina military personnel while visiting Yokota Air Base in Japan.
Apr 12, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Pittenger wrote Commerce Secretary Ross to urge that Commerce publicly identify “F7” and take action to hold that company responsible for violating U.S. law.
Mar 13, 2017 Press Release
Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corporation agreed to pay over $1 billion in fines for violating U.S. law by selling embargoed technology to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.
Mar 7, 2017 Press Release
Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corporation agreed to pay an $892 million fine and plead guilty to violating U.S. law for selling embargoed equipment to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.
Feb 3, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after President Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to a ballistic missile test:
Jan 30, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger had this statement on President Trump’s executive order on refugees from nations impacted by terrorism: