Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Defense and National Security

The foremost responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. I am an Army Ranger and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I have fought on the front lines to protect our country, and I will fight in Congress to keep America safe through a strong national defense and leadership in the world.

I volunteered to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I believe those wars are just and necessary. As a veteran, I want to bring our troops home as much as anyone, but I want to bring them home victoriously. I don’t believe in exit strategies; I believe in victory strategies. In Congress, I will stand up to President Obama, whose short-sighted and politically motivated decisions threaten the lives and money that America has invested in these wars.

I strongly support the many critical fronts in our global war against Islamic terrorists. We must continue to track and monitor our enemies through terrorist-surveillance programs. We should target these terrorists aggressively through the use of drone technology wherever possible. We should employ our special-operations forces and intelligence professionals where feasible. When we capture terrorists, they should go to Guantanamo Bay for vigorous interrogation—not to a civilian court in America. And we must stop the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical technology, because the world’s most dangerous men cannot be allowed to obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons.

We must also stand with our allies and against our enemies. When countries such as Israel share American principles and support American interests, we should support those allies in their struggles against the forces of evil. When countries such as Iran and North Korea declare themselves to be our mortal enemies, we should treat them as enemies and use every instrument of national power to undermine their regimes. We must remain vigilant against countries such as China and Russia who don’t share American principles and don’t wish us well. And we must always protect America’s sovereignty against encroachment by the United Nations and other international bodies.

Finally, a strong national defense depends on a well-funded military with the world’s best-equipped and trained troops and most advanced weapon systems. While we must stay mindful of wasteful spending—often driven by congressional earmarks and politicians’ desire for reelection, not by military strategy—we cannot gut the military to pay for failed stimulus plans, ObamaCare, or other liberal programs. In fact, the military has already cut nearly $400 billion under President Obama, including the cancellation of major weapon systems and a dangerous reduction in the number of Marines and Soldiers. These severe cuts have occurred without similar reductions at domestic agencies, which have grown even more bloated under President Obama. As your congressman, I will work to reverse this trend and to ensure that our troops have the equipment and weapons they need to win our wars—or deter them from starting in the first place.

More on Defense and National Security

Sep 30, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772

Cotton Applauds New Raytheon Contract

Sep 11, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772

Cotton Statement on President Obama's ISIS Remarks

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on ISIS last night:

Sep 4, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 

Arkansas Congressmen Demand DoD Complete Report to Review Eligibility of Purple Heart for Texas and Arkansas Victims

Jul 18, 2014 Cotton Blog

House Foreign Affairs Committee

Jul 17, 2014 Cotton Blog

Did you know numerous federal regulatory agencies were granted law enforcement power in the 2002 Homeland Security Act? As a result, agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even the Department of Education now have their own highly armed, swat-like police forces. And they’re using them—in 2010, armed officers from the FDA raided a California organic grocery store accused of selling raw milk and just a few months ago, the Department of Agriculture solicited submachine guns for its law enforcement units.

Jul 15, 2014 Press Release

ContactCaroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772

Cotton Urges Senate to Protect Deployed Troops From Losing Their Jobs

Jun 20, 2014 Cotton Blog

House Financial Services Committee
Wednesday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray delivered the agency’s semi-annual report to the House Financial Services Committee, as required by law. This report reviewed the CFPB’s activities from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Click here to read more. 

Jun 20, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772

Cotton Statement on Passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on today’s passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which included his amendment prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees for one year:

Jun 20, 2014 Cotton Blog

Earlier today, I joined Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom to discuss the exchange of five senior Taliban commanders for SGT Bowe Bergdahl. 

Jun 18, 2014 Cotton Blog

Earlier today, I delivered the following opening statement during a House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee hearing entitled “The Bergdahl Exchange: Implications for U.S. National Security and the Fight Against Terrorism.”