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Rep. Larsen Opposes President Trump’s Transgender Military Service Ban

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today to oppose the President’s ban on transgender troops in the military. “The administration’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military is arbitrary, discriminatory and disrespectful to thousands of transgender servicemembers, past and present. I oppose the administration’s ban and will continue to fi... Read more »

Rep. Larsen Votes to Overturn President Trump’s Veto of Bill to Terminate National Emergency Declaration

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted today to overturn the President’s veto of legislation to terminate the national emergency declaration. “I voted to overturn President Trump’s veto because Congress has a Constitutional obligation to serve as a check on the president. The House and Senate both voted to terminate the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border, yet the presid... Read more »

Larsen Statement on Military Projects at Risk for Delayed Funding Due to National Emergency Declaration

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Congress not only passed legislation with $1.375 billion for a wall the president wanted, which the president signed, but the House and Senate also passed legislation to undo the president’s national emergency declaration. When the president declared a national emergency, he failed to acknowledge the funds for a wall would come at a high cost to the military. I am disappointed to see funding at ri... Read more »

Reps. Larsen & Carter Introduce Legislation to Protect Children of Fallen Servicemembers

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) Rep. John Carter (TX -31) introduced legislation to protect benefits for children of fallen servicemembers. The Children of Fallen Servicemembers AMT Relief Act would change tax law to count a Survivor Benefit Plan annuity paid to a minor beneficiary as earned income, so these payments do not make a child subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax. “Survivor benefits are not u... Read more »

Larsen Statement on President’s Declaration of National Emergency

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement following the president’s declaration of a national emergency: “President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border but failed to acknowledge the funds for a wall would come at a high cost to the military. “The president is talking about removing funds that support military housing for the women and men in uniform as well as impr... Read more »

Larsen to Serve on Key Armed Services Panels

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, was selected to serve on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. “I have served on the House Armed Services Committee since I came to the House of Representatives in 2001 to support our women and men in the military and ensure they have the resou... Read more »

Larsen Letter to Navy on Growler Operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) sent the below letter to Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer on Growler operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. You can read the letter here. October 12, 2018 The Honorable Richard V. Spencer Secretary of the Navy 1000 Navy Pentagon Washington, DC 20350-1000 Dear Secretary Spencer: I am writing with regard to Navy operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. I... Read more »

Larsen Statement on Final Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting for the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “The final NDAA will strengthen military readiness, increase pay for servicemembers, help small businesses compete for defense contracts and spur innovative research to prepare fo... Read more »

Larsen Calls on Navy to Answer Questions about Growler EIS Process

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement following the Navy’s announcement of a preferred alternative that will be released in the upcoming final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). Under this alternative, there will be 118 Growler aircraft at NASWI, and field carrier landing practice (FCLP) would be di... Read more »

Larsen Statement on House Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

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Rep Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following his vote in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 351-66: “The NDAA makes important investments in national security, and includes important provisions I introduced to support military ... Read more »