Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY): Prioritizing national security over party politics

Today, at a press conference on Capitol Hill, New York Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) joined members of the House Republican Leadership to discuss the House’s ongoing efforts to fight terrorism, and share his perspective on how to best keep Americans safe. Rep. Zeldin is advancing smart solutions that uphold our constitution, while protecting our homeland.

Zeldin emphasized that “Congress’s most important role is to keep Americans safe, secure and free.” Alongside the leaders in the House, Zeldin reflected on the current climate of terror around the world: “We are too often reminded that while we frequently hear and read about terrorist attacks abroad, we have a very real ongoing homeland security threat within our own boarders.”

Ahead of his comments this morning, Rep. Zeldin penned an op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog, where he discussed efforts by House Democrats to turn this issue into a political sideshow, stating, “House Democrats recently waged a disruptive sit-in to shut down Congress because they supposedly wanted to pass legislation that prevents terrorists from being able to purchase firearms. Now, with my proposal coming to the House floor, Democrats are opposing it for no good reason. … I have not met one member of Congress in favor of terrorists being able to purchase firearms or explosives. The real debate is whether and how to ensure due process for Americans. .. Congress has a duty to prioritize national security over party politics.”

To see the full video of Rep. Zeldin’s remarks at today’s press conference, click here.

Be sure to check out his full op-ed online for The Hill here.