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.

More on National Security and Defense

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.

Oct 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 3898) to establish financial sanctions on financial institutions that facilitate transactions or provide financial services to persons engaged in business with North Korea. These secondary sanctions would expand and strengthen sanctions passed earlier this year.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is one of nine Democrats to cosponsor the legislation and also supported the legislation earlier this month in the Financial Services Committee. 

Sep 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – During floor debate Wednesday evening the House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) to fully fund the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). Congressman Delaney’s amendment to restore NBACC funding had bipartisan support and was cosponsored by Republican Dan Donovan (NY-11). Congressman Delaney amended H.R. 3354, the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies. A vote on final passage of the overall bill is expected Friday.  

Jul 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the 2018 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3219) that provides an additional $5 million in funding to the Fisher House Foundation, increasing the total funds appropriated to Fisher House to $10 million. The Fisher House Foundation provides military families with free lodging near Department of Veterans Affairs and military hospitals. The Delaney Amendment was accepted during floor debate on H.R. 3219 Thursday.

Jul 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364). This legislation is a multifaceted approach to combatting acts of aggression from Russia, North Korea and Iran. As a result of recent ballistic missile tests and repeated human rights violations committed by both Iran and North Korea, this bill expands and strengthens sanctions on both nations.

Jul 17, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a national defense bill on Friday that includes a massive military spending increase — and a little nugget for Frederick.

While controversial amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have addressed transgender troops and climate policy failed, an amendment from Rep. John Delaney, D-6th, was added to the bill Friday to maintain funding for a Fort Detrick laboratory.

Jul 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810) to include a provision that would protect the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) in Frederick. The overall legislation, which now includes Congressman Delaney’s amendment, passed the House of Representatives on Friday. Congressman Delaney voted for the overall bill.

Jul 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John K. Delaney, have written to President Trump urging him to prioritize protecting our nation from the real threats of chemical and biological weapons rather than diverting resources for a fruitless wall at our southern border.

May 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – Late today the Washington Post reported that “President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S.

Apr 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Thursday evening the United States carried out a missile strike in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week.

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