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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

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 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.
May 18, 2016 Press Release
"These are common-sense measures that will support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our nation, and I am pleased to support this legislation," said Bishop.
February 29, 2016 Press Release
"The recent dispute between Apple and the FBI reaffirms the need to further address the issue of encryption,” said Rep. Bishop. “By enacting the McCaul-Warner Commission, Congress can bring together the world’s foremost technology and law enforcement experts to assist in developing the necessary protocols to keep our nation safe – without sacrificing our privacy or innovation.”
February 10, 2016 Press Release
“The safety of our nation is the number one priority for this Congress,” Rep. Bishop said. “A major part of that effort involves protecting our information from cyber threats, whether it deals with our nation’s security, commerce or personal data. The ENCRPYT Act is a critical first step in adopting a national approach – instead of the patchwork of encryption standards that our tech industry and law enforcement face today.”
January 5, 2016 Press Release
"While it’s clear the president is trying to cover up his failed record with a litany of unconstitutional executive actions before leaving office, this plan would not have prevented the tragic gun violence we’ve seen in recent years," said Rep. Bishop following the newly announced executive action.
December 18, 2015 Press Release
Read Rep. Bishop's statement on the omnibus package and its legislative highlights for Michigan.
December 8, 2015 Press Release
"The Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act is one way to improve our nation’s border security technology, so we can more efficiently track the dangerous, radicalized terrorists who wish to do us harm," said Rep. Bishop.