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    U.S. Representative John R. Carter represents Texas' 31st Congressional District, which includes Williamson and Bell counties. Congressman Carter is the Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations and also to serves on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee and Defense Subcommittee. This is Congressman Carter's fourth term to serve as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. He has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2004.

    Since his first election in 2002, Congressman Carter has established himself as a leader in Congress who has the foresight and courage to author and support numerous pieces of legislation that would increase the protection of U.S. citizens and bring justice to those who threaten our freedom and way of life.

    Congressman Carter is one of the few House Members who has authored legislation signed into law under Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. Less than 10% of members can claim this feat.  In spite of now being a veteran Congressman, John Carter is still known as "Judge" for having served over 20 years on the district court bench in Williamson County, which he won as the first county-wide elected Republican in Williamson County history. Before becoming a Judge, Congressman Carter had a successful private law practice and continued to practice law while serving as the Municipal Judge in Round Rock.

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    Congressman Carter's leadership ability has been recognized by his colleagues and others. During his first term, Congressman Carter was named one of the "Top Five Freshman" in Congress by Capitol Hill's leading newspaper.

    In July 2004, President Bush held a signing ceremony for Congressman Carter's Identity Theft bill at the White House. The law lessens the burden of proof making identity theft easier to prove and prosecute and also defines and creates punishment for aggravated identity theft.

    A true Texan at heart, Congressman Carter was born and raised in Houston and has spent his adult life in Central Texas. Carter attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in History and then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.Congressman Carter and his wife, Erika, met in Holland and have been happily married since June 15, 1968. Since then they have built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values. Congressman Carter and Mrs. Carter are also a proud grandparents to six precious grandchildren.  

     

     

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We Must Invest in our Military

I’m optimistic that President Trump has announced that he will seek to add $54 billion to the Department of Defense in 2018 and in doing so, will finally end Sequestration, which Army Vice-Chief of Staff General Daniel Allyn called “the most important action (we) can take.”  While this is a much needed announcement for our military and for our national security, it will still take many years, and much more money to undo the damage of the previous administration.  That’s time we don’t have and I’m working to ensure the Army gets the help it needs now.

 

Our forces are outgunned, outranged, outdated and undermanned.  Less than half of Navy aircraft can fly; it is the smallest and least ready Navy in her history.  The Air Force is the smallest it has ever been, and the average age of Air Force planes is 27 years old, shrinking any advantages we have over global adversaries.

 

However, no service has been hit as hard as your United States Army. 

 

The Army’s current fleet of ground combat vehicles was conceived in the 1970’s and built in the 1980’s.  While multiple upgrades to these vehicles have occurred, they were not designed for the requirements of today’s – and tomorrow’s – wars.  We must have an Army equipped to dominate in 21st century combat.

 

During fifteen years of engagement in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army has rightly modernized its fleet of ground vehicles specific to these fights in the form of the multiple variants of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and up-armored Humvees.  While these vehicles have helped save the lives of thousands of soldiers, they are wholly inadequate for the types of threats the US Army is currently facing.

 

Today, revisionist powers are annexing territory, challenging and probing the post-WWII political world order and using Anti-Access/Area Denial technologies to thwart our ability to project power.  These nations have also modernized their ground forces, and the tactical overmatch that the US has enjoyed for decades is now gone.  As US Army Vice-Chief of Staff General Allyn recently stated, we are “Outranged, outgunned and outdated.”  On our present course, the US Army will not be modern enough to deter and defeat potential enemies.

 

In eight years, the Army will make a decision whether or not to keep the current thirty-five year old Bradley Fighting Vehicle for the next fifty to seventy years.  The scheduled upgrades for the Abrams tank will take twenty-six years to completely outfit the entire Army, while still failing to solve many of the problems of being outgunned.  Additionally, for many reasons, such as having to fund current readiness requirements at higher-than-expected levels, the Army has no program in place to procure next generation ground combat vehicles.

 

The risk an overmatched Army presents to the Joint force fight is untenable. As a representative of Fort Hood and Co-Chair of the Congressional Army Caucus, I will not sit idly by and not give our Soldiers the capabilities they will need to dominate in future wars.

 

For these reasons and many more, in the coming weeks I will introduce a resolution to support the US Army, encouraging them to expedite their efforts to procure and field next generation ground combat vehicles.  The longer we wait to modernize, the longer our soldiers cannot provide adequate deterrence, and, if deterrence fails, the more difficult it will be to ensure we win without high costs in blood and treasure.  It is imperative that our Army make advancements in modernization - our soldiers deserve, and our national defense requires, no less.

 

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world. He serves as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, co-chairman of the Congressional Army Caucus, is on the Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

 

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