National Defense

Providing for the common defense is the foremost Constitutional obligation of our government. Equally important, it is a sacred contract we maintain with our men and women in uniform who sacrifice on a daily basis so that we may enjoy our rights and freedoms here at home. Unfortunately, for far too long Congress has failed to provide our service members with the resources they need to safely carry out their duty. I am committed to ending over $900 billion in destructive and arbitrary defense cuts and rebuilding America’s military capabilities.

I am passionate about renewing our nation’s defenses because I believe in peace through strength. I want would-be aggressors to look at America’s military and realize that potential gains from conquest are not worth the inevitable American response. Maintaining a military beyond challenge is an investment in a stable and secure world. It takes resources and dedication, but it is ultimately a bargain compared to the horrors and destruction of war.

As a Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness subcommittees on the House Armed Services Committee, I proudly advocate for the hardworking men and women of Marinette Marine and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H. Res. 994 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Marine Corps faces significant readiness challenges and that budgetary uncertainty impedes the Corps' ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk.

Co-Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 1441 - Repeal Sequestration for Defense Act
  • H.R. 2994 –  Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act
  • H.R. 2912 – Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2564 – Requiring an annual report on the personnel, training, and equipment needs of the non-federalized National Guard
  • H.R. 2052 – The Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation (PRIVATE) Act
  • H.R. 941 - 12 Carrier Act

  • H.R. 5731 - Securing Our Schools Act

  • H. Res. 984 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the use of continuing resolutions to fund defense-related activities erodes military readiness and poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.

  • H. Res. 995 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Nation now faces a more complex and grave set of threats than at any time since the end of World War II, and that the lack of full, on-time funding related to defense activities puts servicemen and servicewomen at risk, harms national security, and aids the adversaries of the United States.

  • H. Res. 998 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Navy's total readiness remains in a perilous state due to high operational demands, increased deployment lengths, shortened training periods, and deferred maintenance all while the Navy is asked to "do more with less" as financial support for critical areas waned in the era of sequestration and without consistent Congressional funding.

  • H. Res. 1007 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that not fully resourcing the United States Army in a timely manner erodes the Army's ability to maintain readiness and poses risk to the Army's ability to conduct military operations.

  • H. Res. 1009 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the lack of timely and predictable funding unnecessarily undermines the mission of the United States Special Operations Command and jeopardizes the security of the United States.

  • H. Res. 1010 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Air Force faces significant readiness challenges due to insufficient personnel levels, a shrinking and depleted aircraft fleet, and maintenance deferrals, all of which are affected by budgetary uncertainty and impede the Air Force's ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk.

Caucus Membership:

  • House National Security Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • House Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
  • House National Guard and Reserve Caucus
  • House Army Caucus
  • House Air Force Caucus
  • House Special Operations (SOCOM) Caucus


More on National Defense

November 21, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today traveled with Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to Marinette Marine to discuss the USMCA, workforce development, and issues impacting the shipyard. During the visit, they toured a Freedom variant of a Littoral Combat Ship and addressed Marinette Marine employees. Rep. Gallagher issued the following statement after the visit.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Mark Green (R-TN), and Jackie Speier (D-CA), today introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019. This bill would prohibit the federal government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, such as China. Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced companion legislation the U.S. Senate.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), today introduced the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, which would authorize the establishment of a memorial for service members of the Global War on Terrorism in the Reserve section of the National Mall. The proposed locations outlined in the bill include: Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park and the JFK Hockey Fields. Both Gallagher and Crow are veterans of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) serving in Marines and the Army, respectively.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today released the following joint statement regarding the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China:

September 11, 2019 Press Release

Like many Americans, I still vividly remember where I was on September 11, 2001. As a senior in high school, I was overcome with shock and horror as the Twin Towers collapsed. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the attack would have a profound impact on my life.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) yesterday introduced the Defending America’s 5G Future Act. This legislation would codify President Trump’s Executive Order that placed Huawei on the Commerce Department’s Entity List and would also provide Congress with the ability to block waivers provided to companies looking to engage in business with Huawei.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, two amendments proposed by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) were adopted into the House version of the NDAA. The amendments would place steep restrictions to ensure Huawei stays on the U.S. Commerce Department’s entity list, and would require a report to ensure ZTE is in full compliance with its settlement agreement with the U.S. government.

July 10, 2019 Columns

Washington Post
By: Mike Gallagher
July 10, 2019

July 3, 2019 In The News

As far as politicians go, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher is a bit of a nerd.

He'll remind you about Article II of the Constitution, which grants power to Congress that he believes has been hacked away. He wrote his dissertation on President Dwight Eisenhower's Project Solarium, and is now part of a similar commission to look at cybersecurity.

He focuses on committee work, he said, a very un-sexy part of governing.

July 1, 2019 Columns

The Washington Quarterly
By: Rep. Mike Gallagher
July 1, 2019

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