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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February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), joined by U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), announced that the U.S. Navy has finalized the contract to build the USS Cleveland, a Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship, and will soon commence construction.

 

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s border emergency declaration:

 

January 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced her nominations for candidates from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District to the nation’s leading service institutions: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.

 

January 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in U.S. House history and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement following President Trump and Republicans’ decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown:

 

January 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in the 116th Congress and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after she was elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve as the first woman to chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

 

January 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee released the following statement regarding the deaths and injuries sustained by U.S. service members in the U.S.-patrolled Syrian city of Manbij. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blast. 

 

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on news that Republican leadership in the Senate would move forward with a continuing resolution that would provide short-term funding to nine cabinet agencies and several smaller departments through February 8, 2019. 

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.