Defense and National Security
Providing for the common defense of our nation is identified in the Constitution as one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. Congress must ensure our nation’s defenses are in a constant state of readiness. In order to achieve this goal our armed forces must be well led, efficiently organized, armed and equipped with the best technology available, and superbly trained. Our brave men and women in uniform—especially our wounded warriors—and veterans deserve our unwavering support and should receive all the benefits they have earned as a result of their service to our great nation.
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WASHINGTON (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today applauding the U.S.
Today, the House passed and Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for a resolution allowing the House of Representatives to defend its legislative authority and fight the President’s executive amnesty in the Supreme Court (H. Res. 639).
In November of 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that ignore our nation’s immigration laws and would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States legally. In response, more than 25 states filed a lawsuit to challenge the President’s action as unconstitutional (United States v. Texas).
Just last week, the President doubled-down on his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp (Gitmo) in Cuba and bring dangerous suspected terrorists to U.S. soil. The President's plan is 100% illegal, a national security threat, and indicative of a lack of commitment to the larger challenge of winning the war on terror.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement today after the President announced his plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison and move its detainees to the U.S.:
WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed and Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 158). This legislation strengthens the security of our visa waiver program and will help prevent foreign terrorists from entering the United States. The bill passed by a bipartisan majority of 407-19.
WASHINGTON —Congressman Messer delivered the following speech in support of House Resolution 524 which condemns the recent terror attacks in Paris:
“I rise today to express my prayers and deepest sympathies to the people of Paris.
“As Americans, we share the shock, the horror and the tremendous sense of loss you now feel following this ruthless, unprovoked terrorist attack on your great country.
We are in unprecedented times.
The Middle East is in chaos. Russia is exerting influence around the globe. China is asserting itself in Asia, as demonstrated by its island-building campaign in the South China Sea. Yet, in the midst of all this, President Obama is setting the military adrift.
WASHINGTON— Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the President vetoed the bipartisan National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA):
WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed legislation to lift the American oil export ban which has stifled American energy production and economic growth for decades.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3461, to Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran: