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

September 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a nearly $60 billion reconciliation bill that included her request for $350 million in funding for a state-of-the-art Great Lakes heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard.

August 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement on events in Afghanistan.

“After two decades of war in which thousands of courageous American soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice - and many more left the battlefields with scars that will never fade away - the time has come to finally bring our troops home. 

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after President Joe Biden released his FY2022 budget request. Rep. Kaptur also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

 

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled the American Jobs Plan, a historic, new-age jobs and infrastructure package to reimagine and rebuild the American economy, invest in American communities, create millions of new jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, combat climate change, and take on global competitors like China.

March 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement highlighting the wins for Northern Ohio families, communities, small businesses, and essential workers included in the House-Passed American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package, passed them House on Saturday, February 27 and is now being considered in the Senate.

 

March 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID relief bill the President unveiled his first day in office. The legislation strengthens support for American families and takes steps to steady the U.S. economy.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), delivered the following statement on the House floor in support of President Joe Biden’s recent order to review U.S. supply chain weaknesses. Footage of Rep.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a Subcommittee hearing on strategies for energy and climate innovation. Video available here.

 

Rep. Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery

 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after the House voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to override the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act:

 

“This overwhelming, bipartisan vote in the U.S. House to override the President’s unwise veto of the 2021 Defense Bill upholds the oath every federal official is sworn to uphold: to protect and defend the American people,” said Rep. Kaptur. “I urge the Senate to immediately follow suit.”

 

December 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. —Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after President Trump vetoed the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):