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.— President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of the United States Congress for the first time Tuesday. The Freedom Caucus released the following statement:
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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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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: