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Congressman Don Bacon

Representing the 2nd District of Nebraska

Armed Services

I believe in peace through strength. Our military combat capability has been reduced by two-thirds since I gave my first oath back in 1985, but we maintain worldwide commitments, which is stretching us to the breaking point. We need to retool our military with the latest technology, reduce the massive headquarters’ staffs, and reform our acquisition processes.

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November 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House passed the conference report to accompany the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 356-70. 

“Today, I joined my House colleagues in sending a strong bipartisan message to the American people that restoring our military readiness is a national priority,” said Rep. Bacon.  “As a member of the Conference Committee for this important legislation, I am pleased by the strong consensus we have forged in Congress to repair the damage done to our Armed Forces.

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after his first bill, H.R. 3897 the Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act passed on the House floor:

October 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) has gained the support of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for H.R. 3897, The Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act. The Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act addresses fundamental problems with current laws regarding the access and use of already established benefits to surviving spouses and dependent children.

October 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) has been appointed to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (TX-13).


October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) was named by Speaker Paul Ryan as a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Conferee to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee. A Conference Committee is appointed to resolve differences between the U.S. House and Senate versions of passed legislation.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Don Bacon (R-NE) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), in a strong bipartisan effort, have introduced H. J.Res. 118, a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), to provide clear Congressional authorization guidelines for the use of military force.


September 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) is now accepting applications for nomination to one of the United States military academies: U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) at Colorado Springs, CO; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT does not require a congressional nomination.

August 22, 2017 In The News

Congressman Don Bacon discusses the President's new strategy for Afghanistan with CNN's John Berman.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Introduced by Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, the NDAA provides the readiness, resources, and reform needed to strengthen the U.S. military.

July 5, 2017 In The News

North Korea will be the subject of an emergency meeting at the UN Security Council after a successful launch of an ICBM on Tuesday. North Korea claims it could reach anywhere in the world.   Congressman Don Bacon revealed more information about North Korea’s capabilities.  He says they have at least ten nuclear weapons and that is at the unclassified level and they are working to make the warheads smaller to put them on these missiles that can now hit Alaska and Hawaii.  He says hitting the continental United States is just a matter of time.