"Mr. Speaker, I’m rising today in strong support of H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of.
"North Korea continues to pose a serious and dangerous threat to my constituents in Hawaiʻi , the Pacific, and the West Coast of the United States. Our communities and our families lie within range of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korea's nuclear tests just a week ago, and their continued pursuit of developing more nuclear weapons and miniaturizing those weapons, serve as a reminder of the threat that North Korea poses to our country, which my constituents in Hawai'i know all too well.
"There are some necessary steps that the United States must take to deal with this threat. We need to increase the strength and capabilities of our Pacific fleet and forces. We need to stop the downward trend in investment of ballistic missile defense development and capabilities, and strengthen our ballistic missile defense capabilities, specifically in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, to counter this threat. We need to re-examine our strategy of so-called 'strategic patience' with North Korea, recognizing that North Korea has continued to grow in their nuclear and missile capabilities, which tells us that the status quo is not working.
"This bill, however, deals with another important area where we need to act—sanctions. It gives us the tools to respond to North Korea’s provocations. One provision would apply sanctions that prohibit the export of munitions to North Korea and severely restrict export licenses for controlled goods and technologies. It would prohibit financial transactions between U.S. persons and the government of North Korea, and sanction those who send or receive lethal military equipment to North Korea. "
Source: Candidate's Website 2016