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The military is critical to Eastern North Carolina's economy and way of life. We are privileged to have America's brave residing in our district.
Where I Stand
The military is critical to Eastern North Carolina. I am blessed and honored to represent the incredible heroes and their families stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I do all I can to fight for Eastern North Carolina's military installations and for the courageous men and women -- past, present, and future -- who protect our freedom.
My commitment to our service members and their families is unwavering. I have been a leader on securing pay increases, educational opportunities, and better healthcare for military personnel while opposing any benefit cuts. I will always support the men and women of the military, even against the occasional injustice found in their own service. I have supported and cleared multiple officers and enlisted personnel when they were falsely accused of wrongdoing by their chains of command. I will continue to stand with the men and women in uniform, because they stand up for us.
I believe in a strong national defense. As part of that effort, I have been and continue to be a leading supporter of the F-35B and the V-22 Osprey. These aircraft are the future of Marine Corps aviation and are vital to our national defense. Additionally, much of the depot level maintenance for these aircraft is performed by Fleet Readiness Center – East (FRC-East) in Eastern North Carolina’s Craven County. FRC – East is not only the largest employer east of Interstate 95, it is a national asset because of the nature of the work they perform there. I am also very supportive of the Aviation Logistics Center located at U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City. It is a world-class organization that supports all U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and most U.S. Coast Guard fixed-wing depot-level maintenance. As the co-chair of the House Depot Caucus, I will continue to be the most vocal supporter of FRC-East and the Aviation Logistics Center in this Congress.
Legislative Action in the 115th Congress
H.R.171 - To redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. This bill redesignates: (1) the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, and (2) the Secretary of the Navy as the Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps. The bill makes similar redesignations with respect to the Department Under Secretary, the Department Assistant Secretaries, and the General Counsel.
H.Res.21 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the firefight that occurred on March 4, 2007, between members of the United States Marine Corps and enemy forces in Bati Kot District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps should issue a public document certifying that members of Fox Company of the Marine Special Operations Command were not at fault in the firefight on March 4, 2007, with enemy forces.
H.R. 649 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that new wind turbines located near certain military installations are ineligible for the renewable electricity production credit and the energy credit.
H.R. 279 - This Act may be cited as the “Military Family Stability Act of 2017”. To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide a period for the relocation of spouses and dependents of certain members of the Armed Forces undergoing a permanent change of station in order to ease and facilitate the relocation of military families, and for other purposes.
H.R. xxx - The “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act” would permit veterans who participated in the nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll on the Marshall Islands, the site of 43 nuclear tests, to receive treatments and service-related disability presumptions for certain diseases that other “radiation-exposed veterans” currently receive. The service members who participated in the nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll between 1977 and 1980 suffer from high rates of cancers due to their exposure to radiation and nuclear waste, yet are unable to receive the same healthcare and benefits given to other service members who were involved in active nuclear tests. This discrepancy must be corrected, and that is what this bill seeks to do. Previously, this bill was supported by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Association of Atomic Veterans.
H.R. 2052 - Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation Act, or the PRIVATE ACT, which would amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images.
I have also cosponsored more legislation referred to the Armed Services Committee than any other member of Congress. To view the Armed Services legislation I have cosponsored this Congress, click here.