Defense and National Security
There is no greater responsibility of Congress than to provide for the national defense. With our nation's military men and women facing such a wide range of global challenges, it is important we make sure our Armed Forces have the resources to be successful in keeping the American people safe. I have repeatedly pushed back against deep cuts to our military and have actually urged for us to increase the size of our naval fleet. A strong Navy and keeping the sea lanes open is critical to a successful global economy.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in favor of a bill providing full funding for the Department of Defense. This marks the first time since 2008 that Congress has passed a full funding bill for the Department of Defense before the end of the fiscal year.
I know this may be hard for you to believe, but there was a major, bipartisan victory in Congress last week that failed to gain any of the attention it deserved. I want to highlight some of the progress we made last week and explain why it should matter to those of us back in Alabama.
Last week, both the House and the Senate passed a funding bill that covered three very important parts of our government: military construction and veterans services, energy and water development, and Legislative Branch operations.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to passage of the first government funding package for Fiscal Year 2019, which included funding bills for Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch.
The House returns to session this week after the month-long August District Work Period, and there are many important legislative items that need our attention.
August was a busy time back in Southwest Alabama listening to the people I have the honor of representing. I appreciate all those who took time to visit my office, attend a town hall meeting, or host me at their business. I look forward to taking back all I learned to Washington as we address the range of issues before us.
Imagine the scenario: a massive earthquake strikes an impoverished island country. It is followed up by multiple aftershocks and a tsunami. Countless lives are lost and thousands more are injured. The United States and partner nations are called in to respond and help get the nation back on its feet.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today applauded passage of the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA sets policy and authorizes funding for the entire U.S. military. The bill passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 359 to 54.
Congressman Byrne played a leading role in the bill, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee established to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently spoke out in support of passing the Fiscal Year 2019 defense appropriations bill on time and warned about the harm of another short-term continuing resolution on our military.
Two years ago, I joined other Republican House members in unveiling our “Better Way” agenda. The agenda covered everything from national security to tax reform to the economy. It was a bold vision about a different path for America that wasn’t driven by a larger, more powerful federal government. Instead, we advocated for a better way where we got government out of the way and allowed the American people to flourish.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 359 to 49.
Earlier this year, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes defense programs. The Defense Appropriations Act provides the actual funding to support the policy and authorizations included in the NDAA.