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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

October 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) led Members of the North Carolina congressional delegation on a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week regarding the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan and Americans left behind.
 
September 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Representative Stephanie Bice (OK-05), along with 159 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, urging the full removal of a “red flag” provision in H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), during the conference committee process. 
 
September 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for veterans, praised pay raises for troops, investments for Fort Bragg, and other provisions in the FY 22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.
 
September 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on the National Defense Authorization Act:
 
September 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for veterans, has helped secure several key provisions for active-duty servicemembers, military families and veterans in the FY 22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual defense bill was approved by the House Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now move to consideration by the full House of Representatives. Thanks to a Republican-led effort, an additional $23.9 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) was also authorized.
 
August 31, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, cosponsored legislation introduced today by Congresswoman Lisa McClain (MI-10) to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week.
 
August 30, 2021 eNewsletter
Friends,
 
It’s been a tragic week for our country.
 
August 29, 2021 Press Release
This week America lost 13 of our bravest citizens. They knew there was a threat of an attack and they carried out their mission anyway. Heroic — the only way to describe their actions. We honor their legacy and the sacrifice that they made on behalf of this great nation. To the 13 new Gold Star families, please know your loved ones died as heroes and we will always honor their memories.
 
John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
 
Who they were:
August 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, released the following statement mourning the loss of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Knauss in Thursday's attack in Kabul. Staff Sergeant Knauss was assigned to B Company, 9th Psychological Battalion, 8th Psychological Operations Group, Fort Bragg, NC.
 
August 26, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, released the following statement after today's deadly attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul that resulted in the loss of numerous U.S. service members:
 
"Today's attack is horrific and utterly devastating. As Fort Bragg’s Congressman, I am livid President Biden’s failed withdrawal has now led to a number of U.S. service member casualties. Renee and I are praying for their families.