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

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, delivered the following speech on the floor of the House of Representatives urging her Senate colleagues to vote in favor of additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, including President Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), voted in favor of a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s military actions regarding Iran. This resolution reiterates that only Congress can declare war and affirms that Congress has not authorized the use of military force against Iran. Hence, it states that any further military action in Iran requires Congress’ action. Rep.

December 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after she voted to support Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump:

 

“Members of Congress swear a solemn oath to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Today, we fulfilled our Oath,” said Rep. Kaptur.

 

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills – H.R. 1865, domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, and H.R.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations released the final fiscal year 2020 spending agreement, which includes the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies. The bill now heads to the House floor.

 

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), voted to pass the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the $738B funding bill are a number of Rep. Kaptur’s priorities, including the Congresswoman’s bipartisan effort to include the Coast Guard in a Department of Defense program to provide youth STEM education (STARBASE).

 

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: