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.

More on Defense and Homeland Security

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the city of Murrieta was selected to receive a $2,012,193 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The competitive grant will allow the Murrieta Fire Department to increase the number of frontline firefighters in the department.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), Ranking Member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the six-bill appropriations package brought to the floor by House Democrats:

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (295 to 125) of the House of Representatives in approving the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY21.

July 14, 2020 Press Release

Today, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Appropriations bill:

July 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the Subcommittee markup of the Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Appropriations bill:

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) along with Congressman Pete Visclosky (IN-1),  Congressman Greg Pence (IN-6), Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-8), Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1), Congressman Van Taylor (TX-3), and Congressman Paul Cook (CA-8) introduced House Resolution 857

January 28, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the list of 42nd Congressional District students that received nominations to the U.S. Service Academies.

Rep. Calvert has the privilege of nominating a select group of highly qualified young men and women from the 42nd Congressional District of California for an appointment to one or more U.S. Service Academies—Air Force, Naval, Military and Merchant Marine.

January 2, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert, the lead Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement following the U.S. military action resulting in the death of Qasem Soleimani: 

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced today that he secured a number of local priorities in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations agreement that will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Rep. Calvert serves as the top Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

October 27, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the U.S. military operation that resulted in the death of terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: