The Subcommittee on Readiness on the House Armed Services Subcommittee has started the year by naming Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) its Ranking Member.
In a statement, Waltz praised the subcommittee’s work thus far, saying that “at such a pivotal time for our military, I am grateful to Ranking Member Rogers for the opportunity to lead the Subcommittee on Readiness to ensure America’s warfighters are trained and equipped at superior facilities in order to address the multitude of threats facing our country.”
According to a press release from Waltz, “the Subcommittee on Readiness has jurisdiction over Department of Defense policy and programs and accounts related to training, logistics and maintenance, military construction, organic industrial base, the civilian and contract workforce, environment, military installations and real property management, family housing, base realignments and closures, and energy.”
Waltz further commented that the country faces threats from foreign nations, adding that “imperative that the department of Defense has the best resources to defend against the Chinese Communist Party’s march towards global dominance, Russia’s increased malign behavior, new terrorist threats emanating from Afghanistan, the Iranian Regime’s march towards a nuclear weapon, North Korea’s nuclear arsenal proliferation and missile development, and threats to freedom in the Western Hemisphere from Venezuela and Cuba.”
Waltz has been vocal regarding foreign concerns involving the United States, which includes rising tension between the U.S. and Russia and the Florida Republican partnered with Governor Nikki Haley (R) to pen an op-ed suggesting that the United States should establish an alliance with India.
Speaking of his leadership qualities, Lead Republican Mike Rogers expressed that “Representative Waltz served our nation honorably as a Green Beret and I know he will continue [to] be a strong advocate for the needs of our military in his new role as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness.”