National Security

National Security

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, I have the privilege of fighting to give back to our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and marines. It is my responsibility to ensure we bring the capability of our Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force closer to meeting the reality of the threats facing the United States and to project power around the globe to deter our adversaries. A strong national defense is necessary to deter the threats of tomorrow.

The First District is home to Marine Base Quantico, NSWC Dahlgren, and Fort AP Hill, as well as many Department of Defense civilians. I am dedicated to reliable, sustainable funding for our Armed Forces and it is critical that we provide the resources to allow these brave men and women to carry out their missions. In the 115th Congress, my piece of legislation, the SHIPS Act, was signed into law, making it our national policy to work towards a 355-Navy, the number our nation needs to combat increasing global threats and replace aging ships in a timely manner.

Another provision I have long championed was signed into law – allowing the Navy to proceed with a dual buy of aircraft carriers, which saves taxpayers billions of dollars, supports Virginia’s strong shipbuilding industrial base, and shows that Congress is committed to the thousands of workers who build and maintain aircraft carriers in Virginia. This means hundreds of skilled, reliable jobs for Virginians and safer, higher quality ships for our sailors.

I refuse to deprive our men and women in uniform the resources they need to be successful in their missions and I am doing everything in my power to ensure that these women and men are returned safely to their families. I will continue to lead the fight to provide the right capabilities to support our warfighters, deter our adversaries, and keep our troops safe.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, I have the privilege of fighting to give back to our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and marines. […]

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