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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

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.
February 2, 2016 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3662, the “Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act,” to enhance Congressional oversight over U.S. economic and trade sanctions, and specifically over financiers of Iranian terrorism.
December 9, 2015 In The News
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., called for tougher screening processes to review foreigners attempting to receive a visa waiver.
December 8, 2015 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 158, the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act,” with overwhelming bipartisan support in its continued effort to prioritize national security.
November 23, 2015 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20) have introduced a bipartisan measure – H.Con. Res. 96 – in strong support of the nation of Israel and condemning the Palestinian incitement of violence in the region.