America must lead on the world stage, or someone else will. It is imperative that we lead through diplomacy and strong defense policies.
In 2018, Matt secured a $41.9 million authorization to fund military test ranges, including our local Gulf Test Range. This allocation will not only ensure that the U.S. has the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, but also keeps great paying jobs in our community. Keeping the American people safe at home and abroad is the Federal government’s most important duty. Matt knows that a well-trained and fully-funded military is critical in ensuring our national security and fighting terrorism. We must project global strength and send our enemies a clear message that we will not tolerate any acts that threaten our safety and security.
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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today applauded Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett for signing two basing decisions directly impacting military installations in the First Congressional District of Florida, acknowledging that they are best equipped to accommodate a rapidly-developing military mission.
Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's address to the nation on developments in Iran:
"President Trump’s decision to advance peace through mindful restraint with Iran represents his full commitment to an American First foreign policy. Our strength will not be weakened by Iran's provocations. I am thankful that President Trump will keep us out of another forever war," Congressman Gaetz said.
General Soleimani, the terrorist, was trying to pull the United States and Iran into war. That's why it was the right thing to do, to kill him. However, we should not give General Soleimani in death, what he could not accomplish in life.
This was an effort to protect our troops and to stop a war, not start one.
President Trump has shown amazing restraint with Iran, but he was very clear: if harm came to Americans, he would respond with overwhelming force.
Washington, D.C. — As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. Congressman Gaetz secured numerous provisions for Florida’s First Congressional district in the NDAA, including $124 million in military construction and also an amendment posthumously promoting Lt. Colonel Dick Cole of the Doolittle Raiders to Colonel.
Washington, D.C. — Today, in a House Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) questioned Secretary of Defense Mark Esper about the current status of the flight program training Saudi Arabian students in the United States and what steps the Department of Defense is taking to address Saudi Arabian students currently at NAS Pensacola.
Our policies are actually more supportive of the Ukraine and tougher on Russia under President Trump, than they ever were under President Obama.