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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Over the last five years, our nation’s military has seen funding cuts while being asked to do more and more around the globe. This has resulted in a severe readiness crisis.
For example, some of our Marines have been forced to get parts for their F-18s off of planes in a museum. That is simply absurd and deeply troubling.
Just as bad, less than one-third of Army forces are at acceptable readiness levels for ground combat. And our pilots are getting less training than many of our adversaries.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017.
The bill includes funding for three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in part by Austal USA. Austal employs over 4,000 people at their shipyard in Mobile.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) recently announced that Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will serve as Vice Chair of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, convened a hearing today to examine federal wage and hour policies in the 21st Century economy. This was Byrne’s first hearing as Chairman.
The shipbuilding industry has always been critically important to those of us living on and around the Gulf Coast. Our area has a proud tradition of building warships and supporting the military.
For example, we build the Littoral Combat Ship and Expeditionary Fast Transport at Austal in Mobile. Important military vessels are also built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula and Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding Iran’s recent test of a ballistic missile and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s public comments on the issue.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and leader on seapower issues, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Philip Bilden to serve as Secretary of the Navy.
When I am not casting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives or visiting with groups in my office, a large percentage of my time in Washington is spent serving on committees.
There are currently twenty standing committees in the House, and each member of Congress serves on at least one committee. These committees are where much of the legislative work is actually done.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, addressed the Surface Navy Association’s 29th Annual National Symposium today and stressed the importance of advocating for a larger fleet.