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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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July 14, 2017 Editorial

In recent years, the world has become an increasingly unstable place, whether due to conflict in the Middle East or provocations by Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. In order to maintain peace and security for the American people in this environment, we must ensure that the United States military remains the best trained and most well-equipped fighting force in the world.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), the only Georgia Congressman on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), made the following statement upon the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (FY18 NDAA), which would provide funding for our nation’s military, passing the House by a vote of 344 to 81.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Late last night, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke on the House Floor against an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (FY18 NDAA) offered by U.S. Representative Tom McClintock (CA-04) that would allow for conducting an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Click here to watch Rep. Scott’s full remarks.

July 12, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) spoke on the House Floor in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and his amendment aimed at supporting the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and combating transnational criminal organizations.

Click here to watch Rep. Scott’s full remarks.

July 6, 2017 In The News

Recently, Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the only Georgia Congressman on the Committee, sat down with Peggy Chang of Voice of America to discuss his participation in a recent four-nation foreign relations visit to East Asia, the importance of U.S.-China relations, and the increasing threats of a nuclear armed North Korea.

June 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) made the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would provide funding for our nation’s military, including $695.9 billion in base budget national defense funding and Overseas Contingency Operations accounts. The bill passed the Committee by a vote of 60 to 1.

June 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) and a bipartisan delegation of House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Members returned from a four-nation foreign relations visit to the region of East Asia. Over the course of the visit, the group met with world leaders and high-ranking government and military officials in South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. The group also participated in the Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s premier security dialogue organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies held annually in Singapore.

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.

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