Defense

Florida plays an integral role keeping Americans safe, and I’m proud to represent our state on the House Armed Services Committee. As a Green Beret and former Pentagon and White House advisor, I know firsthand the challenges facing our men and women in uniform as well as what is required to complete the mission.

 

A strong military protects the interests of our nation at home and abroad and relies heavily on Congressional support and American innovation. As threats grow around the globe, we have a duty to ensure our service members have the resources to meet these challenges and keep America safe.  It is essential for Congress to honor its commitments to military personnel, and their families, so these critical missions are carried out safely and successfully.

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December 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz questioned Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about President Donald Trump’s pardons of Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, cautioning against quickly categorizing mistakes in combat as war crimes.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes several of Rep. Michael Waltz’s priorities, including a Space Force, enhancing benefits for Gold Star families and prohibiting contracts with the Department of Defense for companies conducting business with the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

October 29, 2019 Op-eds

Congress is finalizing the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and one of the key issues is the future of the Air Force’s meager light attack aircraft program. It’s a program that has struggled to gain traction with Air Force leadership since the first iteration appeared in 2009 despite major engagements in irregular warfare in austere locales all over the world.

October 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) issued the following statement on the death of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

“Al-Baghdadi’s death is proof that terrorists can run but they can’t hide forever. Justice has been served for the families of James Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, as well as thousands of others brutally killed under ISIS cruelty.”

October 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) wrote a letter urging the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero who grew up in Oviedo, Florida.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On Friday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) spoke with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle about the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, calling the decision a “strategic mistake” and expressing concerns about the resurgence of ISIS as a result of U.S. troop withdrawal.

September 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the House passage of motion on the Conference Committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

September 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a former defense policy director for Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates, issued the following statement on the departure of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton:

August 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) issued the following statement on the re-establishment of the U.S. Space Command on Thursday:

“Space is the new warfighting domain and we are under constant threat from hostile foreign actors like China and Russia, who are currently gearing up to take on the United States in space. It’s abundantly clear we must take these threats seriously,” Waltz said.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz spoke on the House floor about the effects of large military spending cuts on global stability in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.