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Defense & National Security

The most important role of the federal government is protecting our citizens from national security threats. This means creating a strong system for defense both at home and abroad. The United States should continue to act as a defender of freedom and a staunch supporter of our allies worldwide.

As Fort Bragg's Congressman, I know how important a properly funded and functioning military is to our nation. It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure the Pentagon’s budget reflects the threats we face. We must be prepared to fight threats not only from traditional nation-states, but also determined groups of terrorists like ISIS, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaeda, who seek to wreak havoc on the American dream. It is vitally important that Congress continue to protect American citizens and interests both at home and abroad.

In recent years, we have taken steps to rebuild our military, give our troops well-deserved pay raises, and bolster border security. I introduced legislation to ensure special operators who are serving in combat receive the same tax relief as other service members, and my legislation to increase funding for our Special Forces and to ensure soldier pay adequately reflects modern warfare demands was signed into law.



In Congress, I will work every day to ensure the United States sustains a world-class force that can operate wherever threats arise and is capable of taking the fight to the enemy and winning. In order to do so, it is necessary that we continue to provide the funding and tools our men and women in uniform need to do their jobs and safely return home to their families. I applaud the bravery and sacrifice our military men and women, as well as their families, make each and every day.

More on Defense & National Security

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, along with U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01) introduced the Counting Overlooked Base Impact Aid (COBIA) Act to ensure schools educating service-connected children receive the full sum of federal Impact Aid to which they are currently entitled.

July 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, praised passage of two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives today to honor military service members and families. H.R. 1664, the National Medal of Honor Monument Act of 2021, passed by a vote of 416-0. The bill, which Rep. Hudson co-sponsored, establishes a monument on federal land in Washington, D.C. honoring Medal of Honor recipients.

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on H.R. 3985, the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act of 2021, that passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which Rep. Hudson co-sponsored, protects our Afghan partners and expedites the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.

July 19, 2021 eNewsletter


We all know how important Fort Bragg is to our region and state. But did you know Fort Bragg is the only Joint Strategic Deployment Platform that allows our nation to respond to a threat within hours, versus days or weeks? This capability is critical for our country’s defense, and I am determined to maintain it.

July 11, 2021 In The News

FORT BRAGG — President Joe Biden signed a law this week that consolidates Fort Bragg into one judicial district.  

Republican Congressman Richard Hudson, whose district includes Fort Bragg, co-sponsored the House version of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Raleigh.  

"This commonsense legislation will help families at Fort Bragg by allowing all court cases stemming from the base to be heard in the Eastern District's courthouse in nearby Fayetteville," Hudson said in a news release. 

July 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, and Representative Deborah Ross (NC-02), along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. The legislation which consolidates Fort Bragg into one federal judicial district - the Eastern District of North Carolina - passed in the Senate on June 17, 2021 and in the House on June 23.

July 3, 2021 In The News

A little more than a week after members of Congress filed a bill that sought to remove sexual assault prosecution decisions from the chain of command, the secretary of defense released guidance that would do the same. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin released the guidance Friday that followed a three-month Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, he said. 

Austin said he is directing the Department of Defense to move forward on reforms and to work with Congress to amend the Uniformed Code of Military Justice by:  

June 28, 2021 eNewsletter


Thank you, President Biden.

That’s not something I say often – but last week, the President was in North Carolina to discuss covid-19 vaccines. While we do not agree on many issues, I appreciate the President coming to our state and highlighting our role in the success of Operation Warp Speed to make vaccines available to anyone who wants them. I believe issues like recovering from the pandemic should always be bipartisan and focused on helping you and your family.

June 28, 2021 In The News

An interim rule for how service members can file claims of medical malpractice is now open for review.  

Last week, the Department of Defense released the guidance, which is mandated by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in a law named after a Fort Bragg soldier

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal testified before Congress in April 2019 about his stage-four cancer diagnosis that was initially misdiagnosed by medical providers at Womack Army Medical Center. 

June 25, 2021 In The News

The U.S. Department of Defense will soon begin paying medical malpractice claims under a law inspired by the travails of a Pinehurst Green Beret.

Named after Sgt. 1st Class Richard “Rich” Stayskal, the law allows service members to file administrative claims for medical malpractice in all branches of the armed forces. Military personnel were previously barred from taking such action by the Feres Doctrine, an obscure rule stemming from a 1950 Supreme Court decision.