Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina


Defense and National Security

Maintaining national security is one of the federal government’s primary responsibilities under the Constitution.  We must ensure the people of the United States are protected by providing for our common defense.  This nation has men and women in uniform stationed around the world with the goal of preserving our way of life.  It is critical that our troops have the necessary resources to effectively defend our nation in the 21st century.

While we need to make sure the Department of Defense has the resources to protect our nation, this does not mean they should be written a blank check.  With a national debt of more than $16 trillion, Congress needs to be working with our military leaders at the Pentagon to identify wasteful and duplicative programs that can be consolidated or removed in order to ensure our defense budget is being spent responsibly.  As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to guarantee our spending on defense is aiding troops on the ground and keeping our nation safe.  

America is currently combating terrorism around the world.  We cannot allow another terrorist attack to take place on our soil. Protecting our nation is not something that should be ever taken lightly. During the 113th Congress, I will work to make sure that our military has the capability to meet the modern-day challenges facing our nation.


More on Defense and National Security

Mar 12, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC— After receiving more than 80,000 comments from concerned citizens, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) pulled a proposed rule that would ban M855 "green tip" ammunition which is used for AR-15 rifles. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:

Mar 10, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- The politically active nonprofit closely tied to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is intervening to help the Republican Party leader as he battles conservatives in his own caucus over the passage of appropriations legislation for the Department of Homeland Security.

Jan 20, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday evening, President Obama gave his 2015 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement in response:

Nov 19, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks on the Israeli synagogue attack that occurred on Tuesday:

On Tuesday we saw the face of pure evil when two Palestinian men attacked and killed five Israeli men, three of whom were dual US-Israeli citizens. There are no words strong enough to condemn the barbaric, horrific attacks that took place in West Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost.

Sep 15, 2014 In The News
The House on Thursday appeared headed toward authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels as part of his overall strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Sep 15, 2014 In The News
Speaker John Boehner took the stage at a closed door meeting of the House Republican Conference on Thursday morning and summed up the stark reality facing his members: This is not the president they prefer, nor the overall military strategy they want, but it is all they have.
Aug 13, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC— Last Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill to name the Ranger Station in Nebo, North Carolina the “Jason Crisp Forest Service Building,” in honor of fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer Crisp.

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the legislation (H.R. 4360) in April with the support of the entire North Carolina House delegation following Officer Crisp’s death in the line of duty in March. While on a manhunt for a homicide suspect in Burke County, NC, Crisp and his K-9, Maros, were shot and killed.

Aug 1, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC— On Thursday evening, the Senate voted unanimously to pass legislation introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) to name the Ranger Station in Nebo, North Carolina the “Jason Crisp Forest Service Building,” in honor of fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer. The bill will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Aug 1, 2014 Opinion Piece
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) announced that it is launching an “independent” inquiry into Israel’s ‘purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws’ in Hamas-controlled areas of Gaza, East Jerusalem and surrounding areas.  In other words: the UN is now investigating Israel’s right to defend itself. The Council has shown no intention of investigating Hamas.
Jul 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— On Wednesday evening, Congressman Mark Meadows’ bill to combat human trafficking, the Human Trafficking Detection Act, H.R. 5116, unanimously passed the House.

The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train employees who are responsible for monitoring travelers across U.S. borders and through airports on the best methods to identify potential victims of human trafficking and report these cases to local law enforcement officials.