National Security


"Providing for the common defense is one of the primary duties of the federal government – and as a former terrorism prosecutor, I’m committed to ensuring that we fulfill this vital obligation. Our men and women in harm’s way deserve nothing less.”

  • Voted YES on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which boosts support for America’s military, enhances national defense capabilities and provides a 2.4 percent pay raise for U.S. service members.
    • Increases pay for service members by 2.4 percent while extending special pay and bonuses
    • Prevents Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States
    • Combats terrorism and radical Islamist extremists
    • Increases the size of the Army, Navy Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard
    • Strengthens support for Israel with funds for Israeli cooperative missile defense, including the Iron Dome
    • Prioritizes cybersecurity, supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategies
    • Declines to authorize an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Introduced an amendment (H.Amdt. 203) to the 2018 NDAA, which passed to exempt anyone employed at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana from being jeopardized by any future hiring freeze that may be issued by the executive branch. 
  • Voted YES on the FY18 Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 3180), which provides the intelligence community with the necessary resources and authorities to ensure they remain capable of protecting and defending the United States.