The issues of National Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress.
From the brave men and women who serve overseas and at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, to the hard-working Texans that design and manufacture the world’s most innovative weaponry, the 12th Congressional district plays an integral role in America’s national security.
Since arriving in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to strengthen our nation’s military. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to have an important seat at the table as Congress addresses our defense funding. I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies.
Our service members and their families also play a critical role in America’s national security strategy. I believe it is extremely important that we increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform, their families and our nation’s veterans. I am committed to fighting for our military families and supporting legislation that promotes the welfare of our service women and men.
As the former Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I am also proud to play a role in deploying our nation’s soft power as part of our overall national security strategy. The Subcommittee’s work includes efforts to support our ally Israel and stop the spread of global terrorism.
In 2012, I stood with Governor Rick Perry and members of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to fight a costly and unnecessary Air Force proposal that looked to move the Texas National Guard C-130 squadron to Montana. After months of hard work, I am proud that we were able keep the C-130s where they are needed and where they belong: Fort Worth.
Global War on Terror
While more than a decade has passed, the horrifying images of September 11, 2001, have not faded. We have been reminded by the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombings at the Boston Marathon that the threat of terrorism to our homeland has not faded. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly or doubt the ever-increasing globalization of terrorism. I am determined to defeat terrorism through a sound defensive position and unquestionable military might.
More on National Security
Federal funding to keep the government open is about to run out. This situation could have been prevented. If Congress is unable to reach an agreement with the White House, the federal government will be shutdown tonight at midnight eastern time. Senate leadership has refused to make any serious effort to keep the doors open. They have refused to pass a spending bill that would cut just one percent of our federal spending for this fiscal year. The ball has been in the Senate’s court for weeks now and they have refused to act.
When President Obama addressed the nation on Monday evening, we all expected him to explain what exactly he is doing regarding Libya. Unfortunately, his remarks did not answer the most fundamental questions about the situation in Libya – why he unilaterally decided to commit our military, the details of his strategy, and what exactly the end game is.
In 2006 the city of Fort Worth came together in typical Texas fashion to lend an effort to name the Navy’s third littoral combat ship (LCS-3) after our great city. We were successful.
Today I had the privilege of christening the USS Fort Worth (LCS3) in Marinette, Wisconsin. As the ship’s sponsor there are great responsibilities I share with all of you. The biggest part of our responsibility is to ensure the crew and their families are given the best possible care by our community over the course of the ship’s service.