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Introduced in Senate (01/25/2011)

1st Session
S. 8

To strengthen America's national security.


January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mr. Reid (for himself, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Coons, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Begich, and Mr. Akaka) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


To strengthen America's national security.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Tough and Smart National Security Act”.

SEC. 2. Sense of the Senate.

It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should—

(1) ensure that members of the Armed Forces, particularly those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and veterans get the support they need and deserve;

(2) work with the President to attack al Qaeda and other terrorist groups with a comprehensive military, intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, and diplomatic strategy;

(3) confront the nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea;

(4) enhance the tools of the United States Government for pursuing key national security interests, including fighting terrorism, preventing failed states, thwarting global pandemics, promoting democracy and development, securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear proliferation, and combating narco-trafficking and drug-related violence around the world, including along our border with Mexico; and

(5) reform cybersecurity policy to prevent cyber attacks on the United States Government and critical infrastructure, protect privacy and civil liberties, and implement mechanisms necessary to avert and respond to catastrophic cyber incidents.