Department of Defense

We lost five warriors on the battlefield of Afghanistan recently. They were 25-year-old 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno; 24-year-old Pfc. Cody J. Patterson; 24-year-old Special Agent Joseph M. Peters; 25-year-old Sgt. Patrick C....
I wanted to share with you a floor speech I delivered questioning why Department of Defense civilian workers have not been allowed to go back to work.
I introduced H.R. 1253, the Sequester Pakistan Act, which will freeze all foreign aid to Pakistan until the Military Tuition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense is fully funded. This important program provides...
Today in a new letter, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and 14 U.S. Senators are calling on the President to withdraw Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense:The letter is signed by Sens. Cornyn, Inhofe (...
As your Representative, I began working on the issue of sexual assault in the military in 2007 when we learned of the tragic story of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach (USMC). Maria was a young woman from southwest Ohio who...
Today, I wrote to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, voicing concerns with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deficient implementation of on-base voter assistance for military service members and their families, mandated by...
Today, I issued the following statement in response to the Department of Defense’s announcement of a new $171 million contract with the Russian state-controlled arms export firm Rosoboronexport, who continues to arm the...
Today, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce released a report on the economic impact of the aerospace industry in San Antonio. Conducted by two professors at Trinity University, the report estimates the economic impact of...
I applaud the new Department of Defense guidance issued by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that directs civilian DoD employees furloughed due to the government shutdown to return to work beginning this week. Secretary Hagel...
As Chairman of the House Rules Committee, I secured approval of my amendment with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-01) to expedite innovative treatments to active duty soldiers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)...
Yesterday I voted for the H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill provides our military and veterans with the funding...
Whether or not Chuck Hagel is confirmed as our next defense secretary, his nomination has already done serious damage to U.S. credibility on Iran, thereby emboldening the most dangerous regime in the Middle East. To limit...
Today I wrote to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to express my concern over the Department of Defense not complying with its legal obligation to collect ballots from overseas troops and return them to the U.S. in a timely...
Today I sent a letter to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert requesting more information after it was reported that a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine recently traveled undetected in the Gulf of...
Monday I sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta again expressing concerns with the U.S. Government’s relationship with the Russian state-controlled arms export firm Rosoboronexport, who has for years been arming...

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