I am currently the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and I am the first Texan of either party to hold this position. The Armed Services Committee has the responsibility to oversee the Pentagon, all military services, and all Department of Defense agencies, including their budgets and policies. I am only able to do this job because of the support from my family, people at home, and others who have encouraged me and prayed for me. For these things, I am grateful
I believe that protecting our country is the first function of the federal government. In a time of unprecedented security challenges, I am committed to ensuring that the United States has the military capability and agility to protect the nation and our interests around the world. My priority as Chairman is to support and provide for the men and women who serve our country.
House Committee on Armed Services
The Armed Services Committee is responsible for the funding and oversight of the Department of Defense, our Armed Forces, and portions of the Department of Energy relating to nuclear weapons. It plays a crucial role in the federal government’s first responsibility - providing for the common defense.
In order to do live up that responsibility, we work to ensure that the U.S. military is properly postured to meet the complex security demands of the 21st Century. This involves holding oversight hearings with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the individual service secretaries and chiefs of staff, combatant commanders, and many other important leaders in the national defense field.
We also continue to aggressively seek out the views and perspectives of military service members and their families to include Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve members across the United States and at deployed locations overseas.
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I previously served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as on the Budget Committee, Resources Committee, and the Select Committee on Homeland Security.
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