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Defense

I believe that to keep America safe, we must make America strong.  The most important job of the federal government is to protect the homeland.  Florida’s 4th Congressional district is home to some of the nation’s finest military installations, including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, the Florida National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing, and USMC’s Blount Island.  Years of budget cuts have decreased the readiness of our armed forces, and I am committed to rebuilding our military as it serves and protects around the world. Northeast Florida and the brave men and women who live there play a key role in our national security.  Making investments in our military now ensures peace through strength.

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June 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) Defense Appropriations bill by a vote of 359-49. The bill funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families. It also provides funds for several of Congressman Rutherford’s initiatives that are of particular interest to Northeast Florida.

 

June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill makes major investments in water infrastructure and coastal flood protection, increases funding for veterans’ health care and benefits, and bolsters our military assets.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 351-66. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and passage.
April 27, 2018 Press Release
Jacksonville, FL – Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) raised inquiries with Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on recent decisions to perform maintenance on ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport outside of this homeport. Current law requires the Navy to award maintenance contracts to the ship repair industry based in the homeport of the vessel in question if the maintenance is less than 10 months in duration. The lawmakers assert that these recent decisions by the Navy may constitute a violation of the law and are detrimental to the quality of life of sailors and their families.
January 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives unanimously voted today to pass H.R. 4555, the DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017. This bill, which was introduced by Congressman John Rutherford in December, authorizes the Secretary of DHS to assign personnel to overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces to facilitate counterterrorism information sharing and combat threats stemming from overseas sources of conflict or terrorism. 

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman John Rutherford voted for H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which provides funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Energy.  It also provides funds for water infrastructure initiatives and the construction of much needed fencing, levees and secondary barriers along vulnerable portions of our southern border.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford issued the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3364, the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, a bipartisan bill that imposes sweeping sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (344-81) to fund the U.S. military and the Department of Defense.

June 21, 2017 In The News

Freshman U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, scored another win in his efforts to reform the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week as the U.S. House passed a reform measure from him without opposition. 

June 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R. 2190, the Streamlining Department of Homeland (DHS) Overhead Act. This bill, which was introduced by Congressman John Rutherford in May, would mandate the development of regional property strategies that focus on consolidating leases when mission appropriate, give the Under Secretary of Management oversight tools to ensure DHS property is being managed effectively, and clearly outline responsibilities of the logistics team to achieve cost savings.