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

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced the Taiwan Defense Act (TDA), a bill that would ensure the United States is able to continue meeting its obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive military build-up. The TDA requires the Department of Defense to maintain the ability to defeat a Chinese invasion against Taiwan and to report regularly on its progress toward this goal.

June 25, 2020 Press Release

MARINETTE, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after President Trump concluded his visit to Fincantieri Marinette Marine. The President's visit comes after an announcement earlier this year that the shipyard was awarded a contract to build the Navy’s new frigate. If all options are exercised on the contract, it will deliver the first ten FFG (X) ships for a total of more than $5.5 billion.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), co-chairs of the Friends of Australia Caucus, alongside Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to express unwavering support for Australia amidst recent comments made by Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today was appointed by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on a new Congressional task force on China. The task force is made up of 15 members across 14 House committees and will devise a legislative strategy on China policy, including setting policy priorities and developing a coordinated approach to getting key legislation signed into law.

April 30, 2020 Press Release

GREEN BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. Navy announced that Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded a contract to build the Navy’s new frigate. If all options are exercised on the contract, it will deliver the first ten FFG (X) ships for a total of more than $5.5 billion.

March 12, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), along with a bipartisan group of colleagues, today introduced the Neutralizing Emerging Threats from Wireless OEMs Receiving direction from Kleptocracies and Surveillance states (NETWORKS) Act, companion bills that would add foreign companies producing 5G technology, like Huawei, to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List should they engage in economic or industrial espionage or sanctions violations. Placing a company on the SDN List effectively freezes them from accessing the U.S.

March 9, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Cheney (R-WY), Turner (R-OH), McCaul (R-TX), Banks (R-IN), Timmons (R-SC), and Perry (R-PA), today introduced the Protecting America from Foreign Investors Compromised by the CCP Act, a bill that would require the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review a country’s place on the foreign investment “whitelist” if the country allows China’s Huawei to build portions of its 5G infrastructure.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today issued the following statement after the House passed H. Con. Res. 83 by a vote of 224 to 194.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

Last week, President Trump made the decision to take Qasem Soleimani — who was the leader of a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization — off the battlefield. Despite some of what you may see in the media, this is a good thing. Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, and as Congressman Gallagher noted on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Morning Show, is reported to have been actively plotting to kill more.

December 13, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), today introduced the Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act. This bill would create a new designation, “Significant Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs),” which has more stringent sanctions than the current transnational criminal organization designation.

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