Tag: military

NDAA Will Provide for our Military

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an incredible bill to uphold and ensure the national security of this great country. Through the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we are one step closer to fulfilling our promise to the American people: to keep them and this country safe again.

Unfortunately, over recent years, our armed forces have been depleted and currently sit at the lowest levels of troops since World War II. Pilots are not able to get their necessary flight hours logged, and recent reports show that Marine and Air Force pilots have had to go to military museums to find parts to fix their planes because the funding and resources simply have not been available. This is unacceptable – especially when we live in an increasingly dangerous world.

Thankfully, the NDAA is crucial to ensure the United States military has the necessary tools and resources at their disposal. The NDAA will fill those gaps in military readiness so our troops are able to safely and efficiently execute their missions. And this bill will give our service men and women a pay raise that they so greatly deserve.

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Military Readiness and Development

With the end of winter comes appropriations season in Washington D.C. Last week we kicked it off by passing Defense Appropriations.

During the eight years of the Obama Administration, our nation’s military and foreign policy both grew weaker, leaving the United States vulnerable. As the world grew more dangerous, we witnessed horrific attacks on our allies and our homeland.

Thankfully, President Trump has made military readiness and development a priority. In February’s Joint Address to Congress, the President highlighted the need to invest in our armed forces by saying, “our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.”
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Assistance for our Service Personnel

Assistance for our Service Personnel

​(Photo Credit: Minnesota National Guard Facebook Page)

One of the best things I get to do as a Member of Congress is meet with and work to help our nation’s veterans and active service members.

The men and women who choose to dedicate their lives to serve this country are truly the best this nation has to offer. They take time away from their friends and families, leave the comfort of their own homes, and often put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of the United States and the freedoms we hold dear.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to participate in two deployment ceremonies in the great state of Minnesota: the 934th Airlift Wing sending troops to Southeast Asia and the 257th Military Police Unit sending troops to Guantanamo Bay.   I cherish having the opportunity to address the courageous men and women and their loved ones to thank them for their service.
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