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

Sep 21, 2016 In The News

(photo from Getty images)

In the wake of this weekend's events--both the bombing in New York and the series of knife attacks in Minnesota--Americans are rightfully concerned about the security of our nation. My colleagues and I are continuing to pray for the victims, their families, and law enforcement as they continue their investigations of the incidents.

Feb 23, 2016 Press Release


Washington, D.C.— President Obama announced from the White House Tuesday his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay military base. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:

Feb 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour, who oversaw the agency’s cybersecurity preparedness during the OPM data breach, announced her retirement Monday. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement:

Jan 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report indicating that more than 500,000 foreign travelers had overstayed their visas in 2015 and remained in the U.S. illegally. Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:

Jan 5, 2016 Opinion Piece

By Rep. Mark Meadows

According to recent reports, the Obama administration condoned the spying on of senior officials within the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that among the intercepted conversations were communications between U.S. lawmakers and Israeli officials.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178), a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at combating human trafficking in the United States.

Included in the bill is the language of the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (H.R. 460), originally introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) in the 113th Congress and championed by Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) in the 114th. Meadows and Walker released the following statement on the bill’s passage:

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.