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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The House on Tuesday passed legislation to impose further sanctions extremist group Hezbollah's foreign assets.
Passed 404-0, the measure would slap sanctions on Hezbollah's foreign assets, international narcotics trafficking rings and its television station, Al-Manar.
"Today, we have an opportunity to place a critical blow to Hezbollah," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). "We must pass this legislation to make sure that we can do is cripple their ability to finance and put people out of harm's way."