Congressman Mike Gallagher

Representing the 8th District of Wisconsin

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

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More on National Defense

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

July 1, 2019 Columns

Wall Street Journal 
By Mike Gallagher and Elbridge Colby
June 30, 2019

President Trump last year announced the U.S. would withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. That made sense because Russia was violating the pact and China, which was not a signatory, had exploited it to undermine the U.S. conventional military edge in Asia.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

Congress was intended to house the critical debates of our time. But all too often today, Congress fails to follow the processes that encourage an exchange of ideas and the building of trust between parties.

But every now and then, process wins out, and Congress works the way it should. That was the case for an amendment Congressman Gallagher proposed just last week, and he documented it every step of the way.

Step 1: The Idea

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), joined by his colleague Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), yesterday introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. This legislation would sanction individuals and entities that support the Chinese Communist Party’s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Click here for bill text.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, Rep. Gallagher joined WISN’s The Jay Weber Show and WTAQ’s The John Muir Show to discuss recent events in Iran. Catch some highlights from the interviews below.

The Jay Weber Show:

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