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The Constitution gives the federal government no greater role than the defense of the American people. I strongly support a vigorous national defense that provides our Armed Forces with the resources necessary to protect against threats to our national security and the homeland.

I am proud of and grateful to the men and women in uniform who serve around the world to protect the freedom of the people of the United States. They and their families deserve our thanks and admiration for their sacrifices. As your representative, I am committed to making sure they have everything they need to carry out their missions. One way to honor their service is with adequate pay raises. For Fiscal Years 2011-2016, military pay increases averaged 1.3% per year, and were never above 2%. For FY2017, Congress authorized a 2.1% increase, and for FY18 Congress authorized a 2.4% increase, the highest increase in 8 years. For FY2019, President Trump has requested a 2.6% pay raise for our troops, and the House approved the 2.6% raise in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act.

The United States faces an unprecedented terror threat level at home due to failing radical Islamic terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. At a time of ongoing unrest in the Middle East, homegrown terrorists threats within the U.S., and the current crisis at our borders, keeping this nation safe, free, and prosperous is a complex undertaking. I have been and will continue to actively advance Americans’ security.

I have sponsored efforts to improve border security and protect the homeland. I have also supported measures that ensure our armed forces have the capacity to act anywhere in the world where America’s vital interests are threatened. We must remain vigilant against threats in order to maintain a free, open society, where we can secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.



Recent Votes

  • H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
  • H.R. 3897, the Gold Star Family Support and Installation Act
  • H.R. 3364, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
  • H.R. 2484, the Women, Peace, and Security Act
  • H.Res. 129, Calling on the Department of Defense, other appropriate elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to resolutely continue efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all United States personnel designated as unaccounted-for from past wars and conflicts around the world
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