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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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National Security


The attacks of September 11, 2001, shook our nation to its core and will forever serve as a reminder that we must maintain constant diligence in pursuing threats to our national security. The peace dividend, brought about by the fall of the Soviet Union, lead to a weakening of our national security apparatus. Today, we face a multitude of threats - both foreign and domestic. 


To counter these threats, we must ensure that we continue to have the strongest military, law enforcement and intelligence services the world over. Border security must be strengthened and interior enforcement must be achieved. Our armed services must have the ability to confront existing threats and be forward-thinking in assessing emerging threats. The concept of “peace through strength,” championed by President Ronald Reagan, should be our guiding principle.

More on National Security

July 27, 2017 Press Release
"I am grateful for my colleagues who worked with us to meet the 2018 full funding request for Michigan State University’s Facility for Rate Isotope Beams," said Bishop. "I’m also pleased there is added funding to improve care for our VA patients through programs like mental health services and help for the homeless.”
July 14, 2017 Press Release
"In order for NATO to be completely effective, all member nations must meet their GDP commitments for defense spending and investment," Bishop said.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
"“I believe our district’s priorities are reflected in the legislation passed today. Moving forward, Congress must address the deeper budget problems we face," said Bishop.
February 27, 2017 Press Release
“To be completely effective – and to equally share the necessary burden of ‘peace through strength’ – all NATO member nations must meet their GDP commitments for defense spending and research," said Bishop.
January 30, 2017 Press Release
"The primary duty of Congress is to keep Americans safe," said Rep. Bishop. "That said, we need greater clarity from the administration to ensure this order is not carried out in a way that infringes on civil liberties and the protections guaranteed by our Constitution."
December 2, 2016 Press Release
"The number one responsibility of Congress is to provide for the safety of the American people – including those who serve," said Bishop.
September 21, 2016 Video

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21, 2016, in relation to the articles of impeachment that have been brought against him due to his handling of their agency’s apparent unfair targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exemption status.

September 15, 2016 Press Release
"The president has chosen to put his own legacy ahead of the safety of our people," said Bishop.
September 7, 2016 Press Release
"For decades, our national defense bills have been a bipartisan effort. Sadly, the Obama administration has made a mockery of this process, putting their own personal politics ahead of the safety and well-being of our troops," said Bishop.