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Waltz Chairs First Heritage Foundation of Panel on Military Service and Readiness to Address Readiness, Recruitment Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) chaired the Heritage Foundation meeting of its National Independent Panel on Military Service and Readiness (NIPMSR). Launched last month, the panel will examine issues impacting military recruitment and retention. “I’m grateful to the Heritage Foundation for bringing together this panel with extensive experience and…

Waltz Calls Out Pentagon for Stalling on Mandated Afghanistan Briefing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to request a House Armed Services Committee briefing on how the Defense Department has secured, archived, and standardized operational data and intelligence gathered over the past two decades in Afghanistan as required by last year’s defense bill. “It’s been over a year…

Waltz Presses White House and Department of Energy on Chinese Research Theft and Talent Recruitment Programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, and the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Arati Prabhakar, regarding malign foreign talents programs in U.S. federal research. Specifically, the expresses concern with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)…

Waltz, Rubio Introduce Bill to Protect Florida’s Waters and Gulf Test Range

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and members of the Florida Congressional Delegation in introducing the “Preserving the Gulf Test Range to Ensure Military Readiness Act” that would prevent energy exploration and development that would jeopardize the Gulf Test Range. “The Gulf Test Range is an irreplaceable…

Waltz, Ernst Introduce PUNISH Act to Sanction Iran, Punish Open Assassination Plots Against Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) introduced the “Preventing Underhanded and Nefarious Iranian Supported Homicides Act” or “The PUNISH Act” to enforce U.S. sanctions on the Iran Regime until the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that the Iran Regime has not supported any attempt or activity to kill a U.S. citizen, former or current U.S. official,…

Waltz Leads Letter Urging Sec. Austin to End COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) led Republican colleagues in a letter urging the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to consider the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) August 11, 2022 guidance in Department of Defense policy requirements on members of the armed services.   The new guidance released by the CDC states…

Waltz Statement on One Year Since Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Debacle

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) released the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: “When Joe Biden ran for president in 2020, he campaigned on bringing competency and compassion to the White House. What we witnessed transpire in Afghanistan over the last year as a result of his…

Waltz Statement on the Democrats’ IRS Expansion, Spending, and Tax Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) released the following statement: “Democrats have yet again failed the American people by unleashing new tax and spend legislation that will ultimately target middle class Americans and small businesses with tax hikes during a recession and record inflation, hundreds of thousands of new IRS audits, and subsidies for favored…

Waltz: Zawahiri Has Met Deserved Justice

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) released the following statement regarding the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri: “Ayman al-Zawahiri has met a deserved justice after decades of orchestrating terrorist attacks against innocent lives. After helping plan the September 11th attacks against our homeland and countless other acts of terror, his days of menacing the…

Ranking Member Waltz Asks Secretary Austin to Reconsider DoD COVID Vaccine Mandate on National Guard

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) and forty-nine other representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin requesting the Department of Defense reconsider the Department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and issue guidance that considers natural immunity, citing the crippling nature the mandate will…