Northwest Florida is home to strategic military installations such as Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and Pensacola NAS. Home to diverse mission sets like Special Operations, Test and Evaluation, and training the next generation of pilots, we owe our freedom to the brave men and women that serve in Florida’s First District. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Matt has fought for increased funding for the F-35 program to ensure its extraordinary capabilities are protecting our Nation as quickly as possible. He has also worked to enhance readiness by securing $27.4 million to fund Gulf Coast Test Range enhancements that will enable our aviators to train on up-to-date technology as well as continue critical testing of air-to-air missiles, drone targeting, and hypersonic weapons.
In the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House of Representatives in May, Matt secured authorization for $31.9 million in further funding for Gulf Coast Test Range Enhancements, $10 million for an Air Traffic Control Tower at NAS Whiting Field, and $60 million for F-35 spares. He will continue to be an advocate for our military to ensure it is ready and able to fight the wars of today and tomorrow.
When it comes to caring for our veterans Matt has worked diligently to improve the quality of care America’s heroes receive. He supported the Choice Act which provided an additional $2.1 billion in mandatory funding for the Veterans Choice Program. This program allows veterans to be seen by a community provider if the VA cannot provide care in a timely manner. Matt has also worked with the VA on reducing missed appointments by using ride share apps, using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD, and using Telemedicine options for treating mental health.
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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.
Captain Nathan Nelson, Congressman Gaetz' Military Legislative Director, appears on Fox & Friends with his wife Jennifer.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) released the following statement in response to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ major announcement today regarding medical marijuana. During the press conference this afternoon, Gov. DeSantis announced his administration’s plans to address the issue of medical marijuana in the state by first pushing the Florida legislature to pass legislation to fix the current anti-marijuana laws in place, before ultimately stepping in and dropping the state’s appeal that seeks to overturn Florida’s ban on smoking medical marijuana.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today introduced the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation unlocks the potential to research the cures offered by medical cannabis, which could prove beneficial to veterans, the chronically ill, and the elderly. The legislation does not change the legal status of cannabis, and does not interfere with federal, state, or local cannabis laws.
Prohibit taxpayers’ money from being spent on painful dog experiments at the V.A. PUPPERS is an acronym that stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species
Would authorize a five-year, $10 million pilot program to provide trained canines to veterans with PTSD
H. R. 333
To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes.
H. R. 333
January 5, 2017
Congressman Gaetz Speaks of Sacrifice and Patriotism ahead of Memorial Day.