National Security


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.


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.


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

December 10, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after news the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made two arrests involving potential terrorist activity in Northwest Ohio, including one potential attack on a Toledo synagogue.

November 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued a statement rebuking the Russian Federation’s aggressive attack on Ukraine near the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov:

August 21, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement regarding the conviction of President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort in federal court and news of the guilty plea of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. This comes after Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos and national security advisor Michael Flynn plead guilty to charges last year.

July 17, 2018 Press Release

Watch Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur speak on the House floor regarding President Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur took to the House floor to condemn Trump's irresponsible and "unpatriotic" behavior.

July 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Sandy Levin (D-MI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued a joint statement after President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:

“As co-chairs of the bipartisan Ukraine Caucus, we are deeply troubled by the President’s subservient behavior towards President Putin. The United States must never tolerate actions that seek to weaken democratic institutions in the U.S. and our allies abroad.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, in coordination with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), today secured the release of three women, all mothers, who were being detained after the immigration raid in Sandusky. The women were held at the federal immigration detention center in Calhoun County, Michigan until being released to electronic monitoring today while they await upcoming legal proceedings.  All three have U.S. citizen children and have long-standing ties to the community.  

June 21, 2018 Press Release

Kaptur called on President Trump to “stop the barbaric tactics and stop breaking up working families” and come to the table for a productive solution that regularizes labor flow across North America and renegotiates bad trade deals that punishes workers both here and abroad.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and Member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the planned summit with North Korean leaders.

March 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) will both participate in a ceremony honoring members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian distinction awarded in the United States.

March 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Election Security Act, H.R. 5011, which provides cybersecurity resources and guidance to states to protect election systems. The bill currently has 52 cosponsors.