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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6157, legislation that allocates funding to the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The measure, which passed the Senate last week, now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Upon passage of the bill, Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the House-Senate agreement on H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill makes key investments in water infrastructure and coastal flood protection, improves care and benefits for our nation’s veterans, and strengthens our military assets. The measure, which passed the Senate yesterday, is expected to be signed into law by President Trump in the coming days.
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.
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.
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.
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.