Statement : Defense

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."
May 27, 2021 Statement
"Unlike other committees, the job of Appropriators is to see the full picture. As much attention as the top line for defense receives, we cannot consider the defense number in a vacuum. Investments in diplomacy, development, and our economy are vital to our security interests."
May 26, 2021 Statement
"The impacts of environmental contamination in our communities - whether it be from hazardous chemicals or military munitions - are not partisan issues. This is about the lives, the health and the safety of our servicemembers, their families, and our constituents who live in and around military installations."
May 25, 2021 Statement
"While much has changed since last March due to COVID-19, there are still many pressing issues impacting the military health system as it undergoes its most significant changes in decades – reforms that began prior to the pandemic, which now we hope are reviewed in light of the pandemic."