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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Defense and National Security

Black Hawks at Fort Stewart, GA

The nation’s defense is the first and primary mission of the federal government.  Some voices in Congress have long supported a dramatic decrease in our military spending as a means of moving the United States away from our role as a world superpower and into a lesser, more complementary role supporting a military on par with other Western nations, especially those in the European Union.  I could not disagree more.  At a time when terrorist nations and those whom they support are actively seeking to end our way of life, our national defense is as important as it has ever been.

We have asked so much—and continue to ask more—of our men and women in uniform, and we must ensure that they have the equipment, training, and other resources they need to accomplish their missions.

That said, there are ways we can make better use of our defense budget, and I am in favor of using Congress’ oversight role to look into the process by which the Pentagon procures its weapons systems and other goods and services.  We must also take a look at how some in Congress have come to use the Pentagon budget as a way of channeling money into their districts through unwanted and wasteful projects.  Simply reforming these two areas of the defense budget can net large savings without undermining our military needs.

The men and women of our Armed Forces are the bedrock upon which our freedom and liberty are built, and I will never turn my back on them.  I will fight every day in Congress to make sure they are fairly compensated, receive the health benefits they have earned, and find all the support they need when their time of service is over.  Our military and veterans are a national treasure, and we must make sure they are honored in a manner befitting their service.

My office stands ready to assist service members, their families and veterans in dealing with federal departments and agencies.  If you are struggling with a federal agency, please click here to learn about how my office can assist you with military casework.

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More on Defense and National Security

May 9, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, President Trump announced his intention to terminate United States participation in the 2015 Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which the President stated “failed to protect America’s national security interests.” He has also directed his Administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions related to critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation – H.R. 1625, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018” – to provide discretionary funding for the remainder of FY2018. The measure incorporated 12 individual appropriations bills that were either passed by the House or approved at Committee level. Most notably, the bill marks a pivot from the previous Administration’s reduction in military funding while making record investments in Georgia priorities such as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).
July 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved H.R. 2810, the “2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” a bipartisan bill injecting much-needed resources to America’s Armed Forces. It increases defense spending by 10% from previous levels and provides the largest pay raise for troops in eight years while allocating additional funding for missile defense research and development. The measure cleared the House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 60-1, and was approved by the entire House 344-81.
May 5, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – This week, Congress approved – and the President signed into law – H.R. 244, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act,” which funds the government through September 2017 and invests an additional $25 billion in our nation's armed forces, including the largest pay raise for troops in six years. Also on the list of priorities advanced through the bill is $42.7 million in funding for the ongoing Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), the largest increase in border security funding in a decade - $12.2 billion – and funding for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifts school control and accountability back to states and communities. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) voted in favor of the measure.
January 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and acts of terror against Israel. The resolution, “Condemning Palestinian incitement and reaffirming the special bond between Israel and the United States,” specifically mentions 266 of more than 300 terrorist attacks carried out since 2015, and underscores the longstanding friendship between the United States and Israel.
October 4, 2016 In The News

Forsyth County students interested in attending any of the U.S. Service Academies are running out of time for a nomination from their congressman.

Students living in the state’s seventh congressional district have until Oct. 7 to get paper work to Rep. Rob Woodall’s office to be considered for a nomination to attend the academies. All but one of the academies require a nomination from their U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or the Vice President of the United States.

August 1, 2016 In The News
As Americans, we’ve shown time and again throughout our history that above all else, we unite around what matters. We come together to accomplish remarkable things, protect each other, and act as an ambassador for freedom and opportunity around the world.
August 1, 2016 Editorial
As Americans, we’ve shown time and again throughout our history that above all else, we unite around what matters. We come together to accomplish remarkable things, protect each other, and act as an ambassador for freedom and opportunity around the world.
July 21, 2016 In The News

U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Rob Woodall, both R-Ga., have renewed calls to go after terrorist groups, including ISIS, in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

Eighty-four people died after a Tunisian man drove a truck into a crowd at a Bastille Day crowd in Nice. Hundreds more were hurt during the attack. Perdue called it an “unconscionable tragedy” in a statement while calling for American solidarity with France.

June 16, 2016 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement after supporting House passage of H.R. 5293, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act.” The most recent of the annual appropriations bills to clear the House, H.R. 5293 provides $575.8 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2017, and includes military personnel, operation and maintenance, procurement, and research provisions.