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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan

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Defense and National Security

Providing for the common defense was a key component to the creation of our federal government.  I am committed to keeping America safe and will continue to focus my efforts on:

Providing Ample Resources While Making Smart Choices

Our troops are committed to defending and sacrificing for the American people.  When they go into battle, they deserve the best training, equipment, and resources to accomplish their mission to uphold the foundational principles of America. In June 2016, I voted in support of legislation, which includes a 2.1 percent pay raise for the military and meets critical base readiness needs. 

While ensuring our troops have the necessary tools, we must also make smart choices that reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending.  During the House’s consideration of H.R.5293, the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, I successfully offered a bipartisan amendment to cut off taxpayer dollars from going toward wasteful infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, which the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found to be wrought with waste, susceptible to fraud, and unsustainable over the long term.

Fighting Terrorism

As American military forces continue their missions in Afghanistan and around the world, we must remain vigilant in our cause to defend freedom abroad when necessary. The advances made by ISIL not only destabilize the Middle East, but threaten our national security.  The United States must have a robust and comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL and keep them from committing more heinous acts of terrorism.

Monitoring Rogue Nations

Congress must stand firm against provocations that threaten the security of our citizens and our allies around the world.  On July 14, 2016, I voted in support of H.R.5631, the Iran Accountability Act, which would impose sanctions on the Iranian regime for its egregious human rights abuses, its illegal ballistic missile program, and support for terrorism.  In addition, I have voted to support the rights of the people of Ukraine to hold free elections and condemn Russia for its interference in Ukraine.

Securing the Homeland

In light of the terrorist attacks that have taken place across the country, it is clear that protecting our nation from threats is a multi-front mission. Thwarting future terrorist attacks requires that we secure our borders, share intelligence effectively and efficiently, protect our critical infrastructure and key resources, enforce our immigration laws, and safeguard our cyberspace.

LEGISLATION

6/15/2016 – Sponsor: H.Amdt.1210 to prohibit funds from being used on Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund projects

VIDEOS

Walberg Amendment Prevent Wasteful Afghanistan Infrastructure Spending
Walberg Questions White House Narrative on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Oversight Hearing on Infrastructure Spending in Afghanistan

REPORTS

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

More on Defense and National Security

December 2, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the House-Senate conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which funds the military, gives our troops a well-deserved pay raise, and helps keep the American people safe. Congressman Walberg served as a member of the bipartisan conference committee charged with producing the final agreement that passed the House today by a 375-34 margin.

September 28, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today to successfully override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), bipartisan legislation to allow the victims and families of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to sue foreign states that aided and abetted acts of terror. The veto override passed the House by a 348-77 vote and the Senate by a 97-1 vote.

September 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted on Thursday for the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act to ensure there are no future cash payouts to Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation was introduced in response to the Obama administration shipping $1.7 billion in cash to Iran in exchange for the release of American prisoners.
 

September 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted to protect America's national security by prohibiting the transfer or release of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay. According to a new report from Reuters, two more terrorists freed from Guantanamo Bay have rejoined the battlefield in the first six months of 2016.

July 25, 2016 Tim In The News
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg has been named to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing a final National Defense Authorization Act.

House Speaker Paul Ryan made the appointment.

Rep. Walberg, R-Tipton, said the law would fund the military, "give our troops a well-deserved pay raise and secure the homeland."

Maintaining a strong national defense is vital to keeping Americans safe from mounting security threats, Rep. Walberg said.