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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November 26, 2018 Press Release

Omaha, NE - Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement regarding recent Russian aggression against Ukraine:

September 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act:

September 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, the House passed eleven bills to better secure our homeland by improving our nation’s defenses and staying ahead of ever-evolving threats. Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) today released the following statement regarding three of those bills as he is an original cosponsor of them. H.R. 5869 and H.R. 6400 were passed unanimously. H.R. 6439 passed by a vote of 272-119 after the unanimous vote did not pass:

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.