Virginia’s First District is privileged to have both a rich military history as well as a strong military presence.
I am proud to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Readiness Subcommittee. When we discuss readiness, we’re looking at factors such as the amount of training our troops receive and the maintenance and modernization of our equipment and technology. Our commitment to readiness is to guarantee our military is in the highest state of working order so that we can maintain superiority over our adversaries. I believe Congress has a constitutional duty to ensure that our servicemen and women have the resources necessary to carry out the military missions of this nation effectively and successfully.
As the representative for America's First District and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I strongly support America's service members and am committed to providing them with the tools and equipment necessary to defend and protect the nation. I am also dedicated to working on behalf of the families of our servicemen and women on issues such as healthcare, housing and other factors impacting quality of life. I support a base defense budget that at the very minimum matches 4 percent of gross domestic product. We owe our active duty, reserve, and National Guard service men and women no less than our full support for their sacrifice on behalf of our country. As Co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, I am working to ensure that our Navy maintains global maritime dominance by supporting a 313-ship Navy as a floor and by maintaining an active and healthy shipbuilding industrial base.