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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

October 29, 2015 Press Release

Last week, President Obama used his veto power for the fifth time since taking office to reject legislation that would help our military, their families and our country as a whole.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a crucial piece of legislation that will authorize necessary funds for the Department of Defense to provide our military with the tools they need to defend our country.

This bill represents a remarkable and, unfortunately, rare, display of bicameral bipartisanship.

October 22, 2015 Press Release

Time and time again we hear the complaints regarding politics in Washington. The President himself has expressed frustrations with the partisan atmosphere in our nation’s capital and has asked that Congress work together on issues important to our country.

The President asked and we answered.

Last week, we sent the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the President’s desk for signature. This crucial legislation will authorize necessary funds for the Department of Defense to provide our military with the tools they need to defend our country.

October 20, 2015 Press Release

Today, Speaker Boehner signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation, which will authorize necessary funds for the Department of Defense to provide our military with the tools they need to defend our country, now heads to the President’s desk.

“I’m glad to see the strong bipartisan and bicameral support for this legislation,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis. “As we face an unprecedented amount of national security threats, this bill is crucial to ensure our military is prepared and we, as Americans, are safe.”

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