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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May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released a statement following passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

May 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives and combat veterans Don Bacon (R-NE), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), submitted a proposed bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to amend the House Joint Resolution 118, Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. 

April 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) has introduced H.R. 5553, the Loya-Sears Warrior Transition Assistance Reform Act.

April 19, 2018 Press Release

Bill will call attention to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries among the military and veteran populations, and the significant impact these untreated injuries have on servicemembers, family members, and communities at large.

April 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02), House Armed Services Committee member and Electronic Warfare Working Group Co-Chair, has introduced the bipartisan H.R. 5522, Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Readiness Act of 2018 (JEMSORA), one of his 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) priorities. Original co-sponsors of this legislation include Electronic Warfare Working Group Co-Chair Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-08), fellow Armed Services Committee Members Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20). 

April 13, 2018 Press Release

OMAHA, NE- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement on the president's announcement of U.S. military strikes in Syria: 

"I support the president’s actions to join our allies, Great Britain and France, to engage in targeted airstrikes on Assad’s chemical weapons facilities. The horrific acts committed by Assad against his own people must be addressed and taken seriously, as does Russia’s involvement with this regime. I urge my colleagues to support this limited action and our brave men and women in uniform."

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February 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) joined his House colleagues in voting to fully fund the Department of Defense for one year and extend community health care funding:

“For the fourth time, this legislative body has passed funding to adequately support our military and its operations. Our troops have been stretched too thin and have suffered far too long resulting in training accidents, shortfalls in operations and maintenance, and outdated equipment.

January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed FY18 Department of Defense appropriations for a third time:

January 26, 2018 Press Release

OMAHA, NE – Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today announced his 14 nominations to the United States military service 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. Congressional members nominate individuals and the final determination for appointment is made by the academies themselves.

December 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement after the House voted on legislation to fund the government: