National Security

As your Congressman, I am committed to a strong national defense. We must ensure that our troops are the best trained, best prepared and best equipped for the battlefield. This posture of strength is our best defense. We must recognize that the world is a dangerous place and we must remain vigilant.  Fulfilling our commitments to those veterans who have served is not only the right thing to do; it is key to preserving our all-volunteer force.

Like all areas of the budget, our national defense budget needs to become leaner and we can do this without cutting vital national security needs and essential training, vital facilities and operations like those at Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Naval Ordnance Training Unit.

I opposed the sequestration of our national defense budget because I believe that spending restraint needs to be more targeted and direct, rather than an across the board cut that jeopardize our priorities while ignoring the real waste. In addition to opposing sequestration, I voted for legislation to replace the defense sequester with targeted spending reforms in other areas, but that was blocked by the U.S. Senate and opposed by the President.