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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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Defense’s decision to revise implementation of the Pay Our Military Act and end furloughs for most of its approximately 400,000 civilian employees:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today introduced the Pay Our Guardsmen and Civilian Defense Personnel Act to ensure civilian workers and Georgia National Guardsmen are paid during the government shutdown.
House funding bill includes Obamacare delay, funding for troops and civilian personnel, and repeal of medical device tax
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s decision to reduce the number of furlough days for civilian defense employees from eleven to six this fiscal year:
By U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08)
June 28, 2013
Now, more than ever, we must unite as a community around the common cause of strengthening Robins Air Force Base. Our nation’s budget challenges have led to a reduction in defense spending, and in turn, are having a direct impact on every defense community, including ours in Middle Georgia.
National Defense Authorization Act advances with provisions introduced by Scott
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) joined the House Armed Services Committee in approving H.R. 1960, the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions he introduced during Wednesday’s Committee markup.
Washington D.C. – Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union Address to Congress, U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) released a statement calling on President Obama to utilize tonight’s address to show leadership on the most pressing issues facing our nation. He specifically mentions the President's sequestration measure which is set to go into effect at the start of next month and would have a potentially serious impact on Middle Georgia:
Votes in favor of H.R. 6365, National Security and Job Protection Act
Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6365, National Security and Job Protection Act. An overview of the legislation is included below Rep. Scott’s quote: