House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, released a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s pledge to eliminate the United States’ use of anti-personnel landmines on Tuesday, officials said.
President Barack Obama laid out America’s strategy for the response to ISIS, a growing threat challenging the stability of one of the most volatile areas of the world. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama said Wednesday in a national address. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” Local Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, gave the plan a mixed review, with the House Armed Services chairman praising the call to action, but cautioning against anything but a “robust” military response.
City and local government representatives are honoring 13 Santa Clarita Valley teens at the SCV Teen Hero Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, city officials announced.
The teens have been selected by school administrators for making positive life changes and overcoming serious obstacles in their lives, acting as leaders for their peers, according to a city of Santa Clarita news release.
A pair of candidates for the 25th Congressional District seat held by Congressman Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and a state assemblyman are calling on McKeon to stop an aggregate mine in Canyon Country by reviving a tact he tried in 2001. A letter sent by state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley, and Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, urged McKeon “to submit an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would declare State Highway 14 a ‘national defense asset’ that would ban the CEMEX mega-mine from moving forward,” the letter stated. In 2001, amendment language on the Highway 14 move was accepted, however it was pulled from the bill during conference committee, Wilk said.
The deadline for high school students to submit artwork to the 2014 Congressional Art Competition is April 21. High school students from each congressional district will compete for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel.