National Security and Defense

Our all-volunteer military is the greatest fighting force the world has ever known and is the envy of the globe. In Congress, we have a responsibility to provide our defense agencies and soldiers with the resources they need to protect our country and support our allies.  Supporting our nation’s military also means that ensuring that the brave men and women of our armed forced receive the support they deserve.

In the 21st century, threats to our nation’s security come in a variety of forms and we must continue to be vigilant against terrorism. In addition to traditional defense measures, cyber-security and bio-defense, including the important work done in Maryland at facilities like Fort Detrick is absolutely essential.

I voted to provide critical funding for defense operations and included a much-deserved 1.8% pay increase for military personnel in the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill, which also included new initiatives to prevent sexual assault in the military.

During debate of the Defense Appropriations Bill, I offered an amendment to increase funding for Fisher House, which provides free lodging near hospitals for military families when servicemen and veterans are receiving care. My amendment increased funding from $4 million to $20 million and will allow four new Fisher Houses to be built across the country. These new houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and will allow approximately 2,000 additional military families per year to stay with their heroes in their time of need at the hospital.

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Jul 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement following President Trump’s appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland:

Jun 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House has passed the fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill with a bipartisan vote of 359-49 in favor of the legislation. The bill increases military funding overall to improve readiness, includes provisions to boost cybersecurity and cyber-defense programs and measures to counter Russian aggression and conforms to spending levels set by the bipartisan budget agreement signed in February,. 

Jun 27, 2018

Delaney Amendment to Increase Funding for Fisher House Added to Defense Bill
Bipartisan Delaney amendment doubles federal support for Fisher House

Jun 27, 2018

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against H.R. 6136 – which overwhelmingly failed by a margin of 301-121 and was the second Republican attempt to make our currently broken immigration system even worse – after voting against H.R. 4760 six days ago.

May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday evening, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) successfully amended the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) to include a provision that reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It applauds NATO’s continued efforts in combating terrorism and states NATO’s collective defense founding principle is a deterrent to external security threats. The bipartisan amendment passed by voice vote and was cosponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2).

 

May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for H.R. 5515, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 351-66. The bill includes his bipartisan amendment passed by voice vote and cosponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

Dec 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John K. Delaney (all D-Md.) applaud the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report signed this week by the President, which includes a provision that would require a thorough study of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick.

Nov 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today the House passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the bill, which is a comprehensive package of bipartisan measures strengthening deterrence efforts against Russian aggression, authorizes a 2.4% pay raise for the military, and authorizes increases in military end strength and ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS. The bill also addresses military readiness gaps by authorizing $3.6 billion in additional operations and maintenance funds for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

Nov 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – The House has passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report, which includes provisions to reform the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program and protect local jobs in Garrett County, Maryland.

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