Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) has been working hard to ensure the safety and defense of our nation and our military men and women. He’s tried to work with members of both parties in his efforts to beef up our national defense, but the Congressman has reached his breaking point with President Obama. In a recent letter to his constituents Congressman Graves says that President Obama’s decision to veto “critical” legislation that would offer support to our military is unacceptable and “reckless.”
Now Congressman Graves is asking for your help in forcing President Obama’s hand and getting our troops the support they so desperately need.
We live in a uniquely dangerous time. The Islamic State is on the offensive, Russian President Vladimir Putin is running roughshod over Ukraine and Syria while threatening our allies, and China hacks sensitive computer systems while flexing its muscle in the South China Sea. I believe all of these threats are symptoms of one problem: a chronic lack of American leadership.
Defending our country and her people is the most important role of the federal government. After all, our liberty at home begins with freedom from foreign aggressors.
Protecting our nation in this challenging time means we must not let our guard down for a moment. Instead, we must be proactive and ensure that our military remains the most highly trained, best equipped, and most capable team of warfighters in the world.
We must not sit idle while Russia and China invest billions of dollars developing their capabilities, and the Islamic State recruits thousands of radicals bent on our destruction.
As your Congressman, I am committed to keeping our armed forces in the best possible position to counter the threats we face. Through my work as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, I am not only keeping the “tip of the spear” sharp and ready for action, but I’m also ensuring a bright future for our fellow Georgians who serve in the armed forces and the facilities they maintain.
Over the past year I’ve visited many of our military installations in Georgia, and spoken with countless soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. They all tell me the same thing: they are ready and committed to the defense of this nation, but they need to know that our elected leadership stands behind them with more than just words.
The House of Representatives is doing just that. The House recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act that authorizes critical resources our military needs to protect our nation today and prepare for the threats of tomorrow. This vital piece of legislation also strengthens Georgia’s military installations and the communities they support.
With more than 100,000 active-duty military, reservists, and National Guardsmen in Georgia – the fourth largest military population in the nation – I was proud to support our men and women in uniform by voting for this important legislation.
The president, however, vetoed this critical legislation. I believe his veto is reckless and completely unacceptable. The House will vote soon to override the president’s veto, and I will do everything in my power to ensure it passes.
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My number one objective as your Congressman is to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare of all Americans, as outlined by the United States Constitution. Rest assured, I will continue to work with my House colleagues to ensure an even brighter future for our nation.