Defense and Homeland Security
On September 11, 2001, the lives of over three thousand innocent people were taken in senseless acts of terror. The Armed Forces of the United States of America continue to be on the forefront of this fight and they need the support necessary to both deter aggression and defeat our adversaries.
Ultimately, there are many threats across the globe beyond the terrorist threat posed by groups like al Qaeda: North Korea has nuclear weapons; Iran is rapidly developing a nuclear program; China is building its military and showed the world that it's ready to wage war in space. Innumerable challenges lay ahead in the Middle East as well as other areas around the world will require long-term attention. However, the United States must maintain an ever-ready, flexible, and well-prepared military to respond to possible conflicts in several places around the world, even during times of extreme budget stress.
America continues to offer the best quality of life and the greatest freedoms. September 11th may have changed how we look at life but it did not change how we live it and the lengths that we will go to defend it. The character of our country comes from the cornfields of Kansas, the blue skies of Montana, the busy streets of New York and the beautiful beaches of California. It is this character that created a democratic republic to stand against tyranny, established freedom for all men and women and will end the threat of terrorism in our world.
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement regarding the Conference Report to provide funds for the remaining appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019:
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the State of the Union Address:
“There’s no doubt that we live in a polarized political environment right now, but if you stop and focus on the actual policies the President is outlining you will see that these are generally common-sense ideas that have broad support in our country. I believe we can accomplish tremendous things if we put politics aside and just focus on what’s best for American families."
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced legislation, H.R. 646, to name the Murrieta postal facility located at 24930 Washington Avenue in honor of the Riverside County veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This bill would designate the post office as the “Riverside County Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office.”
Today it was announced that Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) will serve as the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense (HAC-D).
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Secure Accountability for Emigres and Refugees (SAFER) Act, H.R. 364, to establish a vigorous security vetting process for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to immigrate to the United States.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced legislation aimed at creating a more efficient civilian workforce at the Department of Defense (DOD). The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act (H.R. 248) would require the DOD to make civilian workforce reductions in a systematic manner without compromising our ability to maintain a strong national defense over the long term.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense James Mattis:
“Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a patriot who has dedicated his life to serving our great nation. Like all Americans, I am forever grateful for the many sacrifices and selfless actions throughout his military and civilian service.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the students from the 42nd Congressional District that he has nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies. As a Member of Congress, Rep. Calvert has the privilege of nominating a select group of highly qualified young men and women from the 42nd District for an appointment to one or more U.S. Service Academies—Air Force, Naval, Military and Merchant Marine.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) praised the announcement by the U.S. Navy that it will be funding the construction of a new Fire Emergency Response Station at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Navy is providing $15.5 million for the construction of the new fire station.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (361 to 61) of the House of Representatives to approve the Conference Report to the Department of Defense, and the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019. Rep. Calvert is the Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and was a member of the Conference Committee for this bill.