National Security

DEFENDING AMERICA AND PROTECTING THE HOMELAND

As a member of the Defense Subcommittee of House Appropriations, Congresswoman Kaptur is guided by two major themes: guaranteeing national security and restoring energy independence. Congress must make sure our servicemen and servicewomen are the best trained and best equipped soldiers in the world. We must provide the most modern defense systems and equipment for our forces, including Guard and Reserve units.

It is also critical that our government secure the defense industrial base and recapture key defense technologies from foreign outsourcing.
 

RESTORING AMERICA’S ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Northern Ohio is the “#1 Green Energy Community” in the U.S. and our technology and experience in alternative energy allow us the opportunity to showcase projects that restore our nation’s energy independence.

We hope to lead our nation’s efforts to secure energy independence at all U.S. military bases and installations. That leadership is on display at the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo. Its 783-kilowatt solar electric generation plant last year provided an annual utility savings of $150,000 and used 99.7% local content—which means jobs in the community.

Congresswoman Kaptur has championed creation of a federal policy on strategic metals. A $90 million beryllium plant in Elmore, Ohio is a prime example of public-private partnership. The Department of Defense and Materion Corporation (formerly Brush Wellman) collaborated on the factory with federal funding under Title III of the Defense Production Act.
 

BUY AMERICA LEGISLATION

Congresswoman Kaptur has always supported strong Buy America provisions in defense legislation in order to support the defense industrial base, which is critical to our nation’s national security.

Buy America provisions help small companies, such as tool and die manufacturers, foundry operators and machinists in Northern Ohio, compete with larger defense contractors on Pentagon contracts.
 

More on National Security

April 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the non-classified Mueller Report was released to the public: 

 

April 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) applauded the historic legislative achievements made in the first 100 of the new Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives:

March 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after a document released Monday by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan identified that a $15 million project at Toledo Express Airport could be diverted to pay for President Trump’s border wall.

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Kaptur spoke in favor of H. Con. Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller, including any findings, should be made available to the public and Congress. The legislation subsequently passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 420-0. Below are Rep. Kaptur’s remarks during floor debate on the bill:

 

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request, which includes an 11% reduction to the Department of Energy and a $270 million dollar, 90 % cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

 

March 7, 2019 Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a public Subcommittee hearing on energy and nuclear security workforce development challenges and opportunities. The purpose of the hearing was to identify workforce development opportunities and challenges with a focus on growing and retaining our nation’s energy and nuclear security workforce. The hearing will assist the Subcommittee as it prepares the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill.

February 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress and member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after she cosponsored legislation to immediately terminate President Trump’s national emergency concerning the southern border of the United States. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and currently has 222 cosponsors.

 

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), joined by U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), announced that the U.S. Navy has finalized the contract to build the USS Cleveland, a Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship, and will soon commence construction.

 

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s border emergency declaration:

 

January 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced her nominations for candidates from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District to the nation’s leading service institutions: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.