Murphy believes sequestration makes our defense “stronger.”
Murphy: “I believe that our defense will be stronger” due to sequestration and other cuts.MURPHY: “I’m going to be careful how I say this … But it’s always being recorded. Because of some of the realignment in really a large part of our government because of the sequester and other previous cuts that had been made in other negotiations – you know, the President has agreed to about 1.6 trillion in cuts over the next decade so there are already cuts in place and now the sequester is additional cuts. And through that, specific to defense, I believe that our defense will be stronger because we are now having to prioritize where the money is being spent. And part of what Leon Panetta presented was something that I believed for years, that things change. We have to keep up with the times. And our military, in a large part, is living in a Cold War era mentality. He basically said we will not really have another war where we are storming the beaches of Normandy mentality. It’s going to be special ops. It’s going to be intelligence. It’s going to be cyber warfare. It’s going to be drones. It’s going to be all sorts of new warfare that we never would have imagined 40, 50 years ago. So because of that, now our leaders have to prioritize where the spending is going to go. I think that is going to make us stronger at the end of the day. Right now, it’s going to be tough but I think that if we look back 5 years, 10 years, we’re going to say, you know what, hopefully, keep your fingers crossed, we actually prioritized the money to cyber terrorism, to special ops, that sort of thing. And I think that will make us stronger as a country. So, well see, I’m an optimist always though. So we’ll see what happens.” (Rep. Patrick Murphy, Remarks At America’s Impact, Washington, D.C., 2/28/13) (Min.18:18-19:56)
Murphy supports the dangerous Iran nuclear deal.
Murphy recently doubled down on his support for the Iran deal. “However, on Tampa’s NBC affiliate, WFLA- News Channel 8 on Sunday morning during the broadcast of ‘Meet The Press’ there were two separate anti-Murphy ads that ran within minutes each other. One of them blasted his support for the Iranian nuclear deal last year. That came from a conservative super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund, who is spending more than $10 million in anti-Murphy ads this fall in Florida. ‘That’s a large misrepresentation of the facts,’ Murphy said Sunday about the ad. ‘This deal with Iran is something I studied. I believe that the number one most important thing that we do is ensure Iran never has access to a nuclear weapon. That’s what we have to focus on. We have to make sure that we are continuing to enforce this deal, but then add new sanctions for human rights violations for the funding of terrorism.’” (Florida Politics, 10/2/16)
Murphy voted to approve the Iran Nuclear Deal. “Passage of the bill that would express Congress’ approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.” (H R 3461, Roll Call Vote #493: Failed 162-269, R 0-244, D 162-25, 9/11/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)
Invoking Neville Chamberlain, Murphy declared that the Iran nuclear deal would ensure “peace in our time.” “Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Florida Democrat who is running to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, endorsed the Iran nuclear deal on Monday by saying it would help the cause of “peace in our time” — echoing the infamous words uttered by Neville Chamberlain after he struck a deal with Adolf Hitler. Many critics of the deal that President Obama cut with Iran, which strengthens a regime that has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, have likened it to when British Prime Minister Chamberlain agreed to allow Hitler to annex the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia in 1938, promising that it would bring ‘peace for our time’ — only to see war ensue the following year. Defenders of the deal have reacted harshly and angrily to this characterization. But Murphy provided ammo to critics when he explained his backing of Obama’s Iran deal by saying, ‘This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, and peace in our time. In the interest of all three, I will be supporting this deal and voting against a Resolution of Disapproval in September.’” (Philip Klein, “’Peace in our time’: Dem echoes Chamberlain in endorsing Iran deal,” Washington Examiner, 8/31/15)
Murphy wants to release terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.
On September 15, 2016, Patrick Murphy voted to fund the release of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Patrick Murphy voted against H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay Prison. (H.R. 5351, Roll Call Vote #520: Passed: 244-174, 9/15/16, Murphy Voted Nay)
On June 16, 2016, Murphy voted against Lamborn amendment to H.R. 5293, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which would prohibit using funds to survey, assess, or review an alternative site to Guantanamo Bay in the United States. “Lamborn, R-Colo., amendment that would prohibit use of funds by the Defense Department to survey, assess or review potential locations in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.” (Lamborn Amdt. No. 29 To H.R. 5293, Roll Call Vote 319: Passed 245-175, 6/16/16, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/27/16)
In 2015, Murphy voted for the first Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for constructing a facility in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8101 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to construct, acquire or modify any facility in the United States, or its territories, to «house»Guantanamo Bay detainees for purposes of imprisonment.” (First Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #337: Failed 173-259, R 4-240, D 169-19, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)
In 2015, Murphy voted for the second Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8102 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to transfer any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the custody or control of the individual’s home country or any other foreign country except in accordance with the fiscal 2014 defense authorization act.” (Second Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #338: Failed 181-251, R 6-238, D 175-13, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)
In 2014, Murphy voted against the Cotton amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 that would restrict the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to any foreign country. “Cotton, R-Ark., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to release or transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their country of origin or to any other foreign country.” (H.R. 4870 Cotton Amendment, Roll Call Vote #323: Passed 230-184: R 218-10, D 12-174, 6/19/14, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)