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.
 

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November 1, 2019 Press Release

 
Washington, D.C. — Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, with jurisdiction over the Department of Energy, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus delivered the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on Energy Secretary Rick Perry to comply with lawful Congressional subpoenas:

 

Madam Speaker,

 

September 25, 2019 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, today delivered the following remarks at a House Ukraine Caucus press conference on President Trump’s withholding of vital military and developmental aid from Ukraine and his reported effort to coerce Ukrainian leadership into helping him win reelection:

 

Good afternoon everybody.

 

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, I thank you for being here.

 

September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after reports of a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the Intelligence Community, which is being withheld from Congress in violation of federal law, is said to involve Ukraine:

 

September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, announced her retirement from NASA effective September 30:

 

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3055, an Appropriations package totaling $383.3 billion in discretionary spending that consists of five Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills, Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

 

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after legislation she championed to invest $20 million to redevelop the Hypersonic Tunnel Facility (HTF) at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio passed the House floor in the FY2020 Defense Appropriations Bill. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate in the near future.

 

June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), introduced the bipartisan Coast Guard Youth STEM Programs Expansion Act, to grant the Coast Guard expanded authority to partner with the Department of Education and the Department of Defense to improve STEM exposure for America’s elementary and secondary school students and their teachers. Rep. Kaptur introduced the legislation on a bipartisan basis with Congressman Don Young (AK-At-Large).

 

Specifically, the Coast Guard Youth STEM Programs Expansion Act:

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.