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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On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, a bill which Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) says brings good news for Alabama. Byrne serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Vice Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee.
The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 351 to 66.
Early Thursday morning, the House Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, a bill which Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) says brings good news for Alabama.
The NDAA sets policy and authorizes funding for the entire United States military, and it must be passed each year. This year’s NDAA passed out of the House Armed Services Committee by a strong bipartisan vote of 60 to 1.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
Congressman Byrne said: “President Obama’s decision to enter into the nuclear ‘deal’ with Iran was the biggest U.S. foreign policy mistake since the end of World War I, and it has not made America or the world a safer place. President Trump is right to exit the deal and hold Iran accountable for their reckless and dangerous actions.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding the relationship between the United States and Cuba and the potential opportunities under a new Cuban president. Miguel Díaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding military action in Syria.
Congressman Byrne said: “President Trump is right to respond to the horrific use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria, and it is notable that two of our strongest allies have joined us in our response. I also join President Trump in calling on Russia and Iran to reject the Assad regime’s barbaric actions.
America’s Armed Forces are made up of young men and women who bravely answered the call of service and have accepted the challenge of defending our great nation.
As a Member of Congress, I have the distinct privilege each year of nominating outstanding young individuals from Southwest Alabama to attend our nation’s military service academies. This process of nominating the next generation of servicemen and women is one of the most rewarding parts of being a Congressman.
There is no more important function of the federal government than to provide for our common defense. Unfortunately, for nearly seven years, Democrats have held funding for our military hostage, and as a result, we are facing a serious readiness crisis in our military.
We have planes unable to fly and ships that cannot sail. A lack of proper resources has resulted in a loss of servicemember lives and has made our country ill-prepared to face aggression from dangerous adversaries like China, Russia, and North Korea. This level of vulnerability is unacceptable.
On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 government funding bill into law. After reviewing the bill and studying its impact on Alabama and the nation, I decided to vote in favor of the bill. The biggest factor in my vote was the fact that the bill fully funds our military after years of dangerous budget cuts that crippled our national defense. There is no greater function of the federal government than to provide for the common defense, and this funding bill does that.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today expressed his concerns about recent actions by China in Africa, specifically actions in the Republic of Djibouti.
Djibouti recently illegally seized control of the Doraleh port terminal by presidential decree, and some reports indicate Djibouti plans to gift the facility to the Chinese government. Congressman Byrne fears this aggressive expansion into Africa could hinder U.S. military and intelligence efforts to operate in the strategic choke point in the Horn of Africa.