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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona

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July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) released the following statement:

“I am proud to have led several efforts that are a part of this year’s NDAA and that I hope will soon become law.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement following passage of five key FY 2020 Appropriations bills – Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD:

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump had approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American drone but pulled back, against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton:

“War should always be a last resort, and war with Iran is no different. That’s why it’s so troubling that we have come so close to it at the direction of some of the exact same people that led us to war in Iraq.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement today following passage of four key FY 2020 Appropriations bills – Labor-HHS-Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Defense:

June 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Early this morning, the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, including a provision authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) that will require the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress containing a list of the awards and disciplinary action taken by the Department as a result of the investigation into the Niger ambush in 2018.

June 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Early this morning, the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, including a provision authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) that will limit the Department of Defense’s authority to repurpose funds that were designated for military construction.

June 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego to the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to provide a briefing to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on National Guard readiness and ability to meet modern threats from area disasters and weapons of mass destruction.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee will mark up the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision originally authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) that would commit the United States to maintaining a robust military presence in South Korea for the foreseeable future, in order to maintain peace and stability in the region.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) released the following statement in response to reports that Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan would not administer reprimands for senior level officers responsible for failures that led to the ambush in Niger in October 2017 during which four U.S. Soldiers and four Nigerien Soldiers were killed.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) joined members of the House of Representatives for an intelligence briefing on escalating tensions with Iran.

Rep. Gallego released the following statement:

Today I received my second intelligence briefing on Iran in the past week, along with many of my House colleagues.

“Much like the first briefing on the threat that I received on Friday, nothing in the intelligence that I received today indicates that the Administration would be justified in starting a war with Iran.