Defense and National Security
Providing common defense for the American people is one of the primary Constitutional responsibilities of Congress. In the 21st Century, America needs a flexible military that is able to confront emerging threats, such as terrorism, growing regional instability, the spread of nuclear weapons, and the emergence of cyber warfare.
This will require smart and strategic investments as well as tough choices. With the United States accounting for half of the world’s defense spending, Congress must ensure that every dollar that goes to the Pentagon advances our vital national interests and increases the safety of the American people.
America has no greater strategic asset than our brave men and women in uniform. During my time in Congress, I have travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit our troops in action. I have seen the extraordinary sacrifice that our service members and their families have made on behalf of our country. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I will continue to fight to ensure that our nation fulfills its commitment to those who serve.