Irresponsibly cutting defense spending is a national security risk that won’t solve our budget crisis. We must cut spending and balance our budget with long-term solutions—not on the backs of our service members and defense community. Matt will always stand up for our military community, and opposes any automatic cuts to defense spending that would jeopardize our national security and damage the Northwest Florida economy.

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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March 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker asking that the Navy’s budget request include sufficient additional funding to construct a replacement air traffic control tower on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field’s North Air Field. 


December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to the US House of Representatives' passage of a government funding bill for fiscal year 2021 and a COVID-19 relief package:


July 29, 2020 Video
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July 29, 2020 In The News

Conservative Republicans are pushing an amendment to the annual defense spending bill in the House that would rescind authorization from troops in Afghanistan. 

The amendment would alter the National Defense Authorization Act to include language rescinding the Authorization for Use of Military Force established in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

July 29, 2020 In The News

After awakening from a deep slumber on war and peace, Congress is erecting new roadblocks to prevent our troops from returning home. As a pandemic endangers Americans at home and abroad, it’s all the more incumbent upon Congress to keep troops out of harm’s way. But instead of preventing us from getting into conflicts in the first place, lawmakers are fencing our troops in overseas bases and battlefields to fight unwinnable wars.

July 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and the Florida congressional delegation in urging U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson to consider eight Florida locations for the future home of the United States Space Command (SPACECOM).


July 13, 2020 Video

We're growing weary of the cost, in terms of blood and treasure, and we grow weary of these circumstances where our advisories, not just Russia, but Iran and others that are in the region, utilize our continued presence, they utilize our -- our -- might I say, unfocused extension of this conflict to try to harm Americans.

July 9, 2020 In The News