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Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia

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Defense & National Security

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I understand how important it is to have the best equipped and trained military in the world. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution makes clear that one the major duty of Congress is to provide for the common defense. The 8th District is home to Robins and Moody Air Force Bases, two bases that are vital to America's security.  I am extremely proud of our installations and the thousands of veterans, military families, and Department of Defense civilian employees that I represent.

Robins Air Force Base

Robins AFB is home to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WR-ALC), the Headquarters of the Air Force Reserve Command, 5th Combat Communications Group, and the E-8C Joint Surveillance Targeting Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) unit.  The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is one of the Air Force's three depots.  I am a strong proponent of maintaining the Air Force's organic depot capability, and I have worked to advance policies in Congress that protect and strengthen the WR-ALC. 

Moody Air Force Base

Moody AFB is home to the 23rd Wing and the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing.  The 23rd Wing employs A-10C, HC-130P, HH-60G aircraft and trains and prepares personnel for combat operations.  The Air Force's biggest A-10C fighter group is based at Moody AFB.

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May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) joined 418 of his colleagues in a bi-partisan vote to expand sanctions against North Korea and individuals and entities engaged in commerce, weapons activities, and human rights abuses with the country. He released the following statement after passage of H.R.1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, as amended:

May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) released the following statement upon the House passing H.R. 244 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, to fund the federal government through September, and averting a partial government shutdown.

“One of the greatest duties we have as Members of Congress is to provide for our nation’s defense, and today’s funding agreement takes a big step forward in ensuring our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to tackle 21st century threats,” said Rep. Scott.

April 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), questioned General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), on how a continuing resolution (CR) would negatively affect USAF’s ability to modernize the aging E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft fleet.

February 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Mac Thornberry, announced the Armed Services subcommittees on which Congressman Austin Scott will lead and serve for the 115th Congress.

Congressman Scott was newly appointed to the Emerging Threats and Capabilities (ETC) Subcommittee for the 115th Congress. Additionally, Congressman Scott will continue his service on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee.

December 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the statement commending President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense:

December 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), representing Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA, today praised the U.S. House of Representatives on passing the defense bill that will fund our military, prevent the drawdown of our troops, and provide resources for Georgia’s military installations.

August 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) will host the 2016 Military Service Academy Day event on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  Academy Day provides students currently in 8th through 12th grades, parents, and counselors with the opportunity to learn about and speak with representatives from the five United States Military Academies. 

May 19, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), representing Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA, today praised the U.S. House of Representatives on passing H.R. 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), representing Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA, today praised the U.S. House of Representatives on passing H.R. 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  

May 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., were joined today by U.S. Representatives Buddy Carter, R-Ga.-01, Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.-02, Hank Johnson, D-Ga.-04, Austin Scott, R-Ga.-08, and Tom Graves, R-Ga.-14, in urging two key U.S. Air Force officials to consider locating new missions at Georgia military bases while also voicing their opposition to premature divestment of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, saying it could jeopardize our nation’s close-air support capabilities and the safety of American service members.

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