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Defense and National Security

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District is proud to be one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts, home to two major military installations, Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. Our District is blessed to have them as a part of our community. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairwoman of the Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, I am committed to working hard to ensure that these facilities remain vital components of our national defense.
We must be ever vigilant in countering the threats we face in today’s uncertain world. While our attention is rightly focused on combating global terrorism, we must not forget other national security threats—China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia among others. Sadly, additional threats persist with the rise of the Islamic State and the presence of homegrown terrorism. With these concerns foremost in mind, I work every day to help keep our country safe. Providing our military the resources necessary to safeguard our liberties and to protect our shores is one of my top legislative priorities.
In my work on the House Armed Services Committee, I have been a constant advocate for our troops and veterans. I remain steadfast in fighting for a strong national defense while also seeking fiscal accountability in the vast array of programs run by the Pentagon. We are a nation with men and women fighting in harm’s way on multiple fronts. We need to ensure that our forces are well equipped with every resources they need to protect the liberties we all enjoy.
The duty to protect our nation is a key responsibility of Congress and thus deserves our utmost dedication. I am honored to represent the military personnel, their families, and the installations of which we are so proud. Rest assured, I will continue my work to increase the quality of veteran and active duty military care to Missourians and ensure they have all they need to fulfill their missions. Members of the Armed Forces put their lives on the line to preserve our nation’s freedom, and we owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude. They have stood up for us; we must stand by them.  It is my high honor to fight for them.