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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I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.
Yesterday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers issues, including authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF), under the Congressional Armed Services Committees. These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Vice-Chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Vice-Chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee, helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released today. The Independence-class version of the LCS is built by Austal USA in Mobile.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will serve as a member of the House conference committee for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
A conference committee of House and Senate members has been formed because the two bodies passed different versions of the Fiscal Year 18 NDAA. Byrne will serve on the conference committee as a representative from the Education and the Workforce Committee.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting in the favor of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The bill provides funding for the entire federal government for Fiscal Year 2018.
Byrne said: “The House has now done our job and passed all twelve of the government funding bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. This funding bill reflects the will of the House and makes tough choices regarding funding priorities.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will host his annual Academy Night on Monday, October 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. CT. The annual event brings together students, parents, and teachers from Alabama's First Congressional District to learn more about attending one of our nation's military service academies and the nomination process.
What: Academy Night 2017
Who: Representatives from our nation's military service academies
When: Monday, October 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. CT
On June 17th, the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer with the United States Navy, collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Tokyo, Japan. The collision resulted in the death of seven Navy sailors and an additional three crewmembers were injured.
Then, on August 21st, the USS John S. McCain, also a Navy destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel in the Straits of Malacca, near Singapore. This time, ten crewmembers were killed and five others injured.
America has the most powerful Navy the world has ever seen. For centuries, our sailors have provided peace and stability around the globe. With over eighty percent of the world’s population living within sixty miles of the sea and ninety percent of world trade moving by sea, a strong and capable U.S. Navy is critical to a bountiful economy and the wellbeing of humanity.
There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.
Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.