National Defense

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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July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), made the following remarks after he voted no on H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 following consideration by the House of Representatives.

June 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), recently completed the committee’s 21 hour-marathon consideration of H.R. 2500, the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Rep. Bacon, an Air Force veteran and retired Brigadier General, is a leading congressional advocate for the armed services and military families. 

April 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— First Lieutenant Travis Borchard with the Nebraska Army National Guard will join Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) on April 3, 2019 for a joint session of Congress, featuring His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). A native of Gothenburg, Nebr., Borchard was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today voted against H.J. Res. 46, to overturn the President’s use of the National Emergencies Act, and released the following statement:

February 15, 2019 Press Release

OMAHA, NE - Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement regarding the President's National emergency Declaration:

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Bill Increases Information Sharing Between First Responders and Feds

January 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Representative Don Bacon (NE-02) today announced his committee assignments for the 116th Congress to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Agriculture Committee.

The House Armed Services Committee’s oversight responsibilities include the full scope of operations performed by the Department of Defense as well as the national security functions of the Department of Energy.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 676 the bipartisan NATO Support Act, of which Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) is an original co-sponsor. The legislation reiterates strong Congressional support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the longest-standing and most successful multinational military alliance in the world.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today introduced H.R. 504, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Field Engagement Accountability Act, which requires the DHS Secretary to develop a department-wide plan for engagement with fusion centers. Original cosponsors of this bipartisan bill include: Ranking Member Michael McCaul (TX-10), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20).

January 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) called for compromise so that we can open the rest of government, rationally respond to the dysfunction we now have at our broken border, and confront the growing humanitarian crisis that is getting worse with each week.