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

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):

 

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the massive cybersecurity breach affecting federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy:

 

August 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 173 other House Democrats in sending a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, calling for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.

 

July 31, 2020 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 fiscal year 2021 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill, legislation she introduced and championed through the Appropriations Committee, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Energy and Water Development bill funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after President Trump suggested delaying the November election, a power granted exclusively to the United States Congress, as he increases his attacks on voting from home.

 

July 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the Subcommittee approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), testified before the House Committee on Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections during a hearing entitled: The Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights and Election Administration: Ensuring Safe and Fair Elections.