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Ken Buck Amendment Refocuses Military on Real Enemies

June 28, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Ken Buck spoke on the House floor about an amendment he introduced to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that prohibits funds from being used to implement Department of Defense Directive 4715.21 on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. This directive, issued by the President, forces the military to incorporate climate change into everything they do, from training to preparedness to combat operations. The directive requires additional bureaucracy at the Pentagon to ensure climate change is considered throughout the Department of Defense.

“When we distract our military with a radical climate change agenda, we detract from their main purpose of defending America from enemies like ISIS,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “This amendment refocuses the military on our real enemies.”

The thinking behind this directive has already been exhibited by military decision makers. Michael Morrell, the former acting director of the CIA, admitted that the military held back from bombing ISIS-controlled oil fields in part over fears of the environmental impact. The amendment will receive a recorded vote on the House floor today.

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is the Freshman Class President. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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