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Congressman Mike Gallagher

Representing the 8th District of Wisconsin

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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

May 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), today introduced legislation that would require the U.S. government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The bill would prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the formal launch of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC). As established by statute in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the CSC is a bipartisan effort to review the threats facing America in cyberspace and provide strategic guidance and policy recommendations on how to defend ourselves against cyber threats.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) today introduced the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Act of 2019. This legislation would implement many of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s recommendations and harness the resources of at least ten government agencies to help counter China’s multifaceted challenges to the United States. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).

April 12, 2019 Press Release

For years, U.S. policy towards Iran has emboldened a hardline regime that has demonstrated nothing but hostility towards peace and prosperity in the Middle East. As they’ve exported violence and undermined our interests throughout the region, this regime has often looked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a means of doing so.

March 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff seeking greater information about national security threats to military operations and communications posed by 5G technology provided by Chinese telecommunications firms. This letter comes in advance of Secretary Shanahan and Chairman Dunford’s testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, March 26.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday Rep. Mike Gallagher fought for full funding of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) during the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).