What's Ahead 1. Passing the NDAA and My Amendment. 2. The Finances of the Defense Department. 3. Weekly Roundup. 4. My Contact Information.
1. Passing the NDAA and My Amendment.
2. The Finances of the Defense Department.
3. Weekly Roundup.
4. My Contact Information.
The NDAA and My Amendment
This week, the House of Representatives took important steps toward strengthening our military by voting to pass the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024. This year’s NDAA reinforces America's national security by investing in our servicemembers and their families, countering our foreign adversaries, and cracking down on the divisive social programs of the Biden administration that have seeped into the Pentagon.
First and foremost, this bill stands in defense of America and our interests around the world. Specifically, the NDAA includes measures to counteract China by innovating new technologies needed to deter the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and reaffirming U.S. support for Taiwan.
To better prioritize military readiness, the NDAA also prohibits funding for divisive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) bureaucrats and training programs. By eliminating this funding, servicemembers will once again be rightly awarded and promoted based on performance, merit, and ability rather than their adherence to left-wing cultural views. Instead of promoting partisan politics, the goal of this NDAA is to refocus the military on its core mission of ensuring the security of the United States.
In addition, the NDAA bolsters our nation's defense while simultaneously cutting inefficient, immaterial defense programs within the Department of Defense (DOD). In turn, taxpayers are saving an estimated $40 billion.
I am proud to share that my amendment regarding civilian employment within DOD was accepted into the NDAA. This commonsense provision, which received an endorsement by Heritage Action, will improve efficiency within the DOD by both saving taxpayers billions of dollars and prompting increased military readiness.
In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office conducted an analysis that this provision would save the federal government up to of $5.7 billion every year.
The NDAA is a crucial piece of legislation to support our servicemembers and uphold the strength and security of our Armed Forces. Our military must be focused on one thing and one thing only: protecting the United States. Through the FY24 NDAA, the House accomplished that goal, and I was happy to vote for this bill for that reason.
My Subcommittee Hearing on the Finances of the Department of Defense
The FY24 NDAA makes meaningful strides toward supporting and strengthening our military, but enhancing the overall efficiency of our national security efforts remains of utmost importance, particularly within the Department of Defense (DOD).
As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs, it is vital to oversee DOD and ensure transparency and accountability. My colleagues and I have been extremely disturbed by the fact that the Department failed five consecutive audits, which is why we teamed up with the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce to assess the financial practices of DOD.
On behalf of American taxpayers, we wanted to find answers on why DOD has been unable to account for 61 percent of its assets, yet keeps receiving nearly a trillion dollars of taxpayer dollars annually from Congress. Despite hours of questioning, we learned that the issues DOD faces in passing an audit are not only on paper; they reside within a culture of indifference toward oversight that Department leadership has permitted for far too long.
Our servicemembers dedicate their lives to our county, yet bureaucrats in the Pentagon have misplaced billions in tax funds that should be used to protect our homeland. The American people deserve financial transparency and strength from DOD, which is critical to safeguarding taxpayer dollars without compromising its vital mission. I will continue to strive toward a more efficient DOD, and this year’s NDAA legislation in tandem with thoughtful Oversight is a great step in the right direction.
Click the image above to watch my questioning
The “CBP One App” is permitting thousands of illegal immigrants into the United States every month. President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas have shown no remorse or intent to put an end to this program carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Biden Administration must be held accountable for the unprecedented crisis at the Southern border.
Click the image above to watch my full remarks on the House Floor
It was a pleasure meeting with a few special education teacher from Wisconsin. As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I’m grateful for the work they’re doing to enhance special education in the Sixth District.
It was great to see so many folks at Oshkosh’s largest art fair, Faire on the Green!
I enjoyed spending time with New Holstein First Responders during the New Holstein Fireman’s Picnic! Thank you for all you do to keep the Sixth District safe during emergencies.
Last weekend, I was glad to speak with so many friendly folks from communities all around the Sixth District at Riponfest!
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