Defense

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Defense

Under the Constitution, the major responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. As long as I am in Congress, I will work to ensure that our men and women in uniform continue to have the best equipment and best training in the world. It is clear when you look around the world, from Russia to the Middle East, to North Korea and China, there are very real threats to our country. Enemies like ISIS and Syria intentionally target civilians, and in light of these continued threats, it is imperative we maintain a strong national defense. To provide for our national security, we must always have a strong military to promote peace and discourage those who would attack us.

Our service members who are fighting on the front lines to protect this nation deserve our utmost respect and thanks. I wholeheartedly support our troops, and I appreciate the work they’re doing around the world.

On November 14, 2017, I voted for the conference report to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes and prioritizes $634.2 billion for the Department of Defense. This important bill provides $65.7 billion for Global War on Terror and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to ensure we continue to lead in the fight against radical Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS, makes important investments to address our readiness crisis, and ensures our troops and their families have the best support possible. I’m especially proud that this bill also provides the largest increase in military pay in eight years at 2.4%.

Our men and women in uniform—and their families—make tremendous sacrifices so that we can live safe and free. They deserve our full support, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that our country meets its obligation to them.

Iran Nuclear Deal

I believe that the United States should not engage with Tehran diplomatically until there is an absolute cessation of both Iran's nuclear program and its support for terrorism around the world. Sadly, it is clear that the Obama administration was more interested in coming to any agreement than an agreement in our strategic interest. We need to renew sanctions and provide international leadership to put more economic pressure on the Iranian government.

I strongly opposed the Iran Nuclear Agreement and believe it does not do enough to protect America and the rest of the world from a nuclear Iran. I gave a speech on the House floor to oppose the deal, which you can view here, and I proudly joined a bipartisan majority in voting against H.R. 3461, legislation to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iran nuclear program. This motion to approve the deal failed to pass the House by a vote of 162 to 269.

This misguided and dangerous agreement must be stopped, and I will oppose it at every turn. I do not believe we can risk the security of the United States and our most important regional ally, Israel, by prematurely reducing sanctions when the Iranian leadership appears to have no genuine interest in abiding by the terms of a final deal. Iranians still march through the streets chanting "death to America." We should take them at their word.

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