Defense and National Security

Protecting our nation and securing the safety of its citizens is the primary function of the federal government. As a stabilizing force for the globe, the United States military needs the best equipment, training, and troop pay in the world. China is a rising threat in the Pacific, and Russia looms large over Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Our adversaries’ threats are not limited to actions on Earth.

I supported the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 that authorizes a 2.7% pay raise for servicemembers, reverses reckless cuts to defense spending, and prohibits the Defense Department from dishonorably discharging servicemembers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

I pressed my concerns over Russian anti-satellite tests that threatened the International Space Station. The test is a harbinger of space-based military conflicts, and I am working to ensure the Defense Department is ready to protect American space-based assets. Too much of our national and economic security depends on those assets and the military must be prepared to protect them.

Legislation Sponsored and Co-Sponsored in the 117th Congress.

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