Issue Position: Defense and Military

Issue Position

Date: July 20, 2016

Having served over 30 years in the Ohio National Guard, I understand the need for Congress to maintain a strong national defense and to ensure we give the men and women in our military the tools they need to succeed in their missions, both at home and abroad.

TRICARE FOR KIDS: It is important that Congress help ensure members of our military, veterans, and their families receive the health care they need. In the 112th Congress I introduced the TRICARE for Kids Act with Representative Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA). This legislation works to assist the Department of Defense in its efforts to develop and encourage health care practices designed to address the specific health care needs of military children. This legislation was rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President.

DEFENSE SPENDING: I voted for the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which lifted the caps for defense spending for two years (FY16 & 17). Our nation's $19 trillion debt is unsustainable and must be addressed, but I continue to believe sequester cuts are reckless and harm our nation's military.

ISIS: America faces both internal and external threats from the terrorist organization ISIS. We've witnessed horrific attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Belgium, carried out by ISIS sympathizers. Though the Administration has made an effort to contain ISIS by joining in the airstrikes in Syria; I believe we must develop a more comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS rather than just contain them. This strategy should include engaging nations in the region to build a coalition in the fight. When America leads, the world is a safe place. I'll keep pushing for a comprehensive strategy to eliminate ISIS.

NORTH KOREA: We also face a growing threat from North Korea, a country that continues to test nuclear weapons and cause insecurity in the region -- especially for our South Korean allies. North Korea has conducted missile exercises in attempts to develop technology to launch a nuclear weapon, both through launches or submarines. Furthermore, North Korea has a record of human rights abuses and imprisoning tourists visiting the country.

IRAN: I also believe that the nuclear agreement President Obama reached with Iran last year was a dangerous precedent for America and our allies. The deal does not require Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear capacity. It does not require anytime, anywhere inspection policies, and it allowed U.S. sanctions It allowed U.S. sanctions on Iran to be lifted before Iran showed a true commitment to nuclear disarmament and compliance with the deal. Iran's record of conducting and supporting terrorism is concerning, and I will continue working to prevent a nuclear Iran.

As your Congressman, my top priority is ensuring the safety of Americans. I will continue working to address all of these issues to ensure our strong national defense.