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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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More on Defense

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.

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford in partnership with Senator Rubio, Senator Nelson, and the entire Florida delegation sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to advocate for the basing of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded $17.5 million for the Jacksonville Port deepening project in its FY 2017 Work Plan. This funding will begin construction of the deep draft navigation improvements at JAXPORT. Congressman Rutherford has urged the Army Corps for funding to deepen the Jacksonville harbor, which would bring larger ships, economic growth, and jobs to Northeast Florida.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford introduced H.R. 2471, the Terrorist Release Announcements to Counter Extremist Recidivism Act (TRACER Act). This legislation would require that state and local law enforcement be notified when federal prisoners convicted of terrorism charges are released from prison into their communities.  While this information is sometimes shared with local agencies, often it is not, leaving local law enforcement and fusion centers without essential information to monitor security risks in their communities.


April 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement: