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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December 13, 2019 Press Release

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.


December 11, 2019 Press Release

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.


March 26, 2019 Video

Captain Nathan Nelson, Congressman Gaetz' Military Legislative Director, appears on Fox & Friends with his wife Jennifer.

March 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) applauded President Donald Trump’s FY2020 budget proposal, which includes $124.8 million in Air Force Special Operations Command Military Construction for the First Congressional District.

May 11, 2018 Video

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July 27, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC — Today, in an amendment to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, Congressmen Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01), Neal Dunn (R-FL-02), Tom Rooney (R-FL-17), and Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) were able to secure additional funding for Florida’s military test ranges. This funding increase is extremely important for America’s armed forces, and will enhance military readiness, development, and testing capabilities.

July 11, 2017 Page

H. R. 2211

To provide for the award of medals or other commendations to handlers of military working dogs and military working dogs, and for other purposes.

April 27, 2017
Mr. Lance (for himself, Mr. Pascrell, and Mr. LoBiondo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

To provide for the award of medals or other commendations to handlers of military working dogs and military working dogs, and for other purposes.