I strongly support President Donald J. Trump's decision to once again designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. It is an important step in holding them accountable for their wide range of destabilizing activities.
Thanks to The Economist for featuring me in this year's feature: The World in 2018. We have the opportunity to define the political trends of 2018. For those who will defend the liberal world order, we must be persistent and vigilant. We must revitalize our common moral purpose. We must believe that our values are worth fighting for… Together, we can meet the challenges of today’s world, overcome the many threats we face and secure the blessings of liberty for future generations.
As Congress continues negotiations for a budget deal to increase the defense spending caps, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry and I released the following statement: Large majorities on both sides of Congress have voted multiple times to support a $700 billion defense budget, including overwhelming, bipartisan votes in the House and Senate this week in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, the President himself has endorsed a defense budget at this level. Through the National Defense Authorization Act, we believe that Congress has done its due diligence to authorize the appropriate level of funding based on threats, requirements, and missions. This was done following months of deliberative bipartisan oversight, hearings, and negotiations. We expect that any budget agreement will reflect the hard work that Congress has just completed and the reality of today’s dangerous world. We cannot ignore the warnings of Secretary Mattis and our uniformed commanders. This era of forcing our troops to do more with less must come to end. We call on the negotiators to meet Congress’s constitutional obligation to give our troops the resources they need. We must not only set the conditions to pass an appropriations bill at the FY18 NDAA level, we must also ensure the necessary growth in FY19. Without that, President Trump’s promise to rebuild our military will be impossible.
Washington Democrats have been using the same old line of attack to defend the current tax system, which is rigged against low and middle-income families. Our reforms will close the loopholes and put more of your own money back in your pocket.
I'm deeply humbled to be honored tonight by Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley & the U.S. Army with a special "Salute to the Chief" Twilight Tattoo performance. Watch the full performance via the livestream below!
I was humbled to be honored by the U.S. Army and Army Chief of Staff GEN Mark A. Milley at a special "Salute from the Chief" Twilight Tattoo where I was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the highest award the Army Chief of Staff can bestow upon a civilian.
Meet Cindy: a single mom, making $30,000 per year, who hopes to one day get beyond living paycheck to paycheck. With a $700 increase in her tax refund each year under our tax bill, Cindy can start saving for her future. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was crafted with families like Cindy's in mind.
This empty chair at the United States Capitol serves as a memorial to those who served in the military of our great nation, but have not returned home to us. They are Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. America will forever be grateful for your bravery and sacrifice to our nation.
On Veterans Day, America remembers the sacrifices made by those who have and continue to serve in our armed forces. These sacrifices deserve to be memorialized in something more lasting than marble or bronze…or in the fleeting effect of a politician’s speeches. The valor and devotion to duty of our nation's veterans have earned America's abiding concern for their welfare. It is a privilege beyond measure to live in a country served so well by such selfless patriots. God bless and protect them today and every day.
Our goals with tax reform are, first and foremost, to give middle-class families a break, and then to level the playing field for American businesses. With the Tax Cut & Jobs Act, the typical American family will see a $1,182 tax cut each year and nearly 1 million new, full-time jobs will be created.
In recent months, United States and coalition forces have achieved major gains against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Building upon the retaking of Mosul in July, U.S. coalition partners have liberated ISIS’s former capital of Raqqa in Syria, the pocket of Hawija in northern Iraq, and, just days ago, the border town of Al-Qaim in western Iraq. The so-called caliphate that terrorists claimed would overrun the Middle East is now a shadow of its former self—a shrinking swathe on a map once defined by an open reign of terror. Unfortunately, however, our challenges in the region remain daunting despite these hard-fought tactical victories. Our relentless focus on destroying ISIS has obscured a troubling reality: the United States lacks a clear, comprehensive strategy that addresses the Middle East in all of its complexity. This is part of the unfortunate legacy that the Obama Administration left for its successor. But nearly one year into the Trump Administration, we lack clarity on essential questions about our nation’s role. Our elected leaders must articulate a comprehensive strategy that reflects these judgments with specificity and detail rather than piecemeal offerings and tactical victories. Congress, with our constitutional role as a co-equal branch of government, and more importantly, the American people deserve no less.