Tag: national security

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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Renewing the American Spirit

Last night, President Trump continued the message he campaigned on – that it is time to Make America Great Again. I am confident we will deliver on that promise. Most importantly, I was pleased to see the President’s optimism about the future of this nation. This is something that I share.

With the theme of “the renewal of the American spirit,” President Trump made it clear that he is looking to harness the energy and passion of everyday Americans and work to build a stronger, more united, and more prosperous country.
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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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