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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August 13, 2018 Press Release

FORT DRUM, NY- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today joined four of his House colleagues at Fort Drum in upstate New York to participate in the Presidential signing into law the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19 NDAA).

July 27, 2018 Press Release

Bacon’s Statement on 2019 NDAA

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) and his colleagues in the House adopted the conference report to accompany the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 359 to 54. The report is the result of the NDAA Conference, which is a group of House Members and Senators who meet to reconcile the defense bills passed by each house of Congress. He is the only freshmen member of the House named to the NDAA conference committee two years in a row.”

July 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The text of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was released today by the House and Senate Conference Committee. Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) served on the committee for the second year in a row, and worked to convince House leadership and conference members to secure funding for OC-135s.

June 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released a statement following his vote to pass the FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill:

June 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) as a House Armed Services Committee conferee to the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference committee. A conference committee resolves the differences between Senate and House versions of the same bill. Rep. Bacon previously served on the FY18 NDAA conference committee.

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).