Statement : Defense

January 12, 2022 Statement
"I am particularly alarmed by the suggestion of some that they would prefer to funding the government under a full-year Continuing Resolution. This would harm our military: stalling modernization efforts, readiness, capacity, recruitment, operations and maintenance, impacting pay for our troops, and wasting billions in taxpayer dollars on capabilities we no longer need."
January 12, 2022 Statement
"I urge my Republican colleagues to come to join us at the negotiating table so we can fund the entire government. Because America’s national security is about more than how many dollars we provide the Pentagon."
October 26, 2021 Statement
"Over the past few years, several studies and reports have expressed significant concern about the ability of our workforce to meet the current and future workforce gaps in skilled trades, engineering, and emerging technologies throughout the defense sector...This challenge has been a particular interest of mine as Chair, and the Committee’s report for Fiscal Year 2022 includes several reporting requirements from the Department on this issue."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The strength of the bills that we have considered and the quality, the tenor, of the debate was outstanding, it reminds us all and it should remind us all that this is the best committee in the House of Representatives and, in fact, our work is at the center of the government and it doesn’t go forward without us."
July 13, 2021 Statement
"As a nation, we are deeply indebted to our women and men in uniform, and to the families and communities who support them. This bill honors their service and responsibly invests in our national security."
July 13, 2021 Statement
"The Defense Appropriations bill provides the training, equipping and mission support for more than 1.3 million active duty and nearly 800,000 reserve members of our Armed Forces. It provides them with the tools they need to complete their missions, defend our country, and come home safely. Beyond that, this bill is critical to the quality of life of our service members and their families."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"In my opinion, we have landed on a responsible number that maintains a strong security posture today - while making important investments that will make us even stronger in the years to come."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"As our nation faces many threats around the world – from China and Russia to international terrorism and the existential challenge of climate change – the funding provided in this bill is fundamental to protecting our national security and providing the soldiers and civilians who serve in our nation’s military with the support they need."
June 29, 2021 Statement
“After decades of disinvestment and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the American economy is seriously out of balance, favoring the wealthy and well connected and leaving working families behind. But we can reverse these trends. With our funding bills this year, we will invest in the American people: creating good-paying jobs, growing opportunity, and providing a lifeline to the middle class, working families, small businesses, and the vulnerable."
May 27, 2021 Statement
"President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary request of $715 billion represents an $11 billion increase for the Department of Defense (DoD). Many of the funds in the request are essential to protecting our national security today and modernizing the DoD for tomorrow."