Recent events around the world demonstrate that a strong U.S. national defense must continue to be our nation's top priority. In the past three years, over half of the deficit reduction measures taken by Congress have come out of the military budget, and the President’s actions have ignored strategic thinking for the road ahead. No price is too great to ensure the safety and security of our nation, our freedom, and our values.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am fighting to strengthen our national defense with specific actions, including:
Supporting passage of military pay increases.
Supporting language in the annual National Defense Authorization Act that prevented the President’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round from going forward.
Authoring and passing into law amendments to keep the strongest possible Army end-strength.
Authoring and passing into law legislation to develop an effective national missile defense.
Working to ensure that the Administration does not allow steep budget cuts imposed by Senate Democrats on the Pentagon to do away with valuable strategic thinking.
Equipping our military with the tools necessary to win the War on Terrorism, and maintaining robust national defense capabilities for potential future requirements.
Working to ease the burdens of Louisiana's deployed service members and their families.
Reforming and improving our intelligence system.
(Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement addressing American military airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining the current troop levels at Fort Polk. The Department of the Army released its Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment, which assesses force reductions.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with Eric Fanning, Undersecretary of the Air Force, to discuss their recommendation to the U.S. Department of Defense to elevate the Global Strike Command leadership at Barksdale Air Force Base to a four-star general position – the highest rank possible.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is encouraging members of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to question witnesses in a hearing today on the role that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played in misleading Congress about the terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization based in Nigeria.Read More
Excerpts: “A leading senator has charged that Hillary Clinton’s State Department broke the law by intentionally obfuscating and downplaying to Congress the terror threat posed by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, which recently gained international infamy for violently kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding answers on why the State Department, under the leadership of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, misled Congress on the terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization based in Nigeria.Read More