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In the Constitution, Congress is tasked with the responsibility to raise and support our country’s national defense. Congressman Bilirakis is proud to support our nation’s women and men in uniform and understands the important role Congress plays in protecting the freedoms of our democracy.

Despite the budgetary and fiscal climate, it is imperative the security and long-term success of the country is not sacrificed through arbitrary cuts to the military’s budget. Our country is a beacon of liberty and freedom with interests across the globe, and there is no doubt non-state actors and foreign governments have interests that are hostile those of the United States. The United States must stand ready and capable to respond to potential threats.

Representative Bilirakis understands the importance of providing our brave men and women of the Armed Forces with the resources they need, and to ensure the Department of Defense (DOD) has the ability to develop new technologies and maintain existing infrastructures to meet those emerging threats. He is a member of the:

  • Anti-terrorism Caucus;
  • Coast Guard Caucus;
  • Mobility Air Forces Caucus;
  • National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus;
  • United Services Organization (USO) Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Military Veterans Caucus.

Congressman Bilirakis believes it is his duty to provide the resources that the military and law enforcement experts deem necessary in order to keep our country safe from those who wish to do us harm.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2021 marks the 60th consecutive year in which Congress provided for the support of our nation’s security and defense.


Congressman Bilirakis believes that his constituents send him to Washington to get things done, and he is proud of the fact that his amendments to the NDAA passed with bipartisan support. These amendments focused on helping Veterans with burn pits exposure and increasing safety and stability of the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of the increasingly destabilizing force of Turkey.  The NDAA provided vital resources that are needed for readiness and safety.  These are integral to our nation’s continued security. 


More on Defense

November 19, 2020 Press Release

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July 29, 2020 Press Release


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Bilirakis Champions Changes to Help Active Duty Military and Veterans

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July 13, 2020 Press Release


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January 13, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement in support of the nomination of General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense.
December 2, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed critical legislation to strengthen the country’s military and defense, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice-Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, worked closely on this legislation and strongly supported its passage.
May 19, 2016 Press Release

This week the U.S. House of Representatives advanced legislation to help support our U.S. military and Veterans.

On Wednesday, the House advanced H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to advance vital funding and authorities for the United States Military.

Members of Congress held a press conference highlighting the passage of the NDAA

January 12, 2016 Press Release

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement following the President’s State of the Union Address:

“The President, once again, delivered his laundry list of empty goals and failed policies during his final address to the American people tonight.

While he may be content with the path he has paved, I remain dedicated to leading our nation down a solid road with a brighter, more prosperous future.

December 18, 2015 Press Release

On Thursday, the House advanced H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. This legislation makes permanent over 20 tax relief provisions and extends a number of other tax relief provisions that expired in 2014.

“This legislation delivers certainty to taxpayers in my district and across the country,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). “This bill prevents tax increases which would have been harmful to our economy and will help strengthen the integrity of tax credit programs to prevent fraud and abuse. This bill is a win for taxpayers.”

December 17, 2015 Bilirakis Blog

Helping people is why I came to Congress. It is the motivation behind everything I do. This year, I am honored to have been a part of many legislative initiatives that will truly help my constituents and families across the nation.

Here are my top 10 success stories of 2015: