Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Defense and National Security

National defense is a key function of the Federal government. While we must always strive to protect our citizens, we must be careful that our protection does not infringe on our civil liberties. The PATRIOT Act and similar legislation, while well-intentioned, need strong reforms to ensure that privacy and liberty are protected. Recent events have proven the need for strong reforms at the NSA and other agencies. As such, I am a proud cosponsor of of the LIBERT-E Act and the NSA Inspector General Act. The LIBERT-E Act eliminates the authority the NSA uses to broadly collect citizen's data and the NSA Inspector General Act brings accountability to the agency. I am a proponent of a stong national defense, but our nation is only as strong as our bedrock--the Constitution. I believe our Founders knew that national security and liberty can go hand-in-hand. We must always work towards a Federal government that achieves that balance.

More on Defense and National Security

Aug 8, 2018 In The News

Puerto Rico is the biggest market opportunity for America's growing natural gas industry, and Jacksonville, which ships almost 90 percent of Puerto Rico's goods and already exports liquefied natural gas to the island, is primed to corner that market. That was the consensus reached by Congressional representatives, industry leaders and even the CEO of Puerto Rico's energy authority at Tuesday's American LNG Summit at the Cecil Center.

Puerto Rico is in the midst of rebuilding its beleaguered power grid, which was neglected for years before Hurricane Maria devastated it last fall.

Aug 8, 2018 In The News

Jacksonville’s port regularly gets fuel tankers steaming up the St. Johns River, but with the recent boom in natural gas, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho envisions a future when vessels are leaving Jacksonville loaded with liquefied natural gas for export to overseas markets.

Yoho convened a two-day American LNG Summit this week in Jacksonville, ending Wednesday with tours of the port and liquefied natural gas facilities already in operation here.

“You look at the growth areas around the world. We’re such a small player, but the potential is huge,” Yoho said.

Aug 7, 2018 In The News

Iran will likely start negotiating in good faith after President Donald Trump's decision to reinstate stiff sanctions, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday.

"It is something they've never done," Yoho told Fox News' "America's Newsroom," explaining he was present when former Secretary of State John Kerry came into the House to discuss the Iran deal.

Jul 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted. S. Yoho (R-FL) issued the following statement:

“Today’s press conference between President Trump and Vladimir Putin was a missed opportunity to hold Russia accountable for their meddling into our 2016 presidential election. I don’t agree with President Trump’s comments that his regime didn’t interfere.  The evidence from our national security agencies is clear; Russia deliberately tried to undermine our republic. This is unacceptable.

Jul 16, 2018 In The News

A key House Republican is planning legislation imposing new sanctions on major Chinese banks and other entities that help North Korea circumvent international sanctions.

“How do you hold Russia and China accountable?” Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for the Asia-Pacific, told the Washington Examiner. “That's really where the fight is going to be on bringing North Korea to the table.”

Jul 10, 2018 In The News

For years, security experts have warned of an impending cyber Pearl Harbor: an attack so big and bold that it cripples U.S. infrastructure and demands a military response.

However, in interviews with former White House and executive branch officials as well as members of Congress and staffers involved in cyber policy, many expressed more concern about the potential for a Cyber Gulf of Tonkin: a misunderstanding or misattribution around an event that precipitates or is used as a justification for war.

Jun 29, 2018 In The News

A cyberspace ambassador. An exchange program between government and private security experts. A cyber blue-ribbon commission based on nuclear age strategy.

These are among the scattershot of proposals that Congress has considered this week as lawmakers attempt to articulate a national cybersecurity strategy in the face of continued digital hostility from Russia and China.

Jun 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after he voted in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2019; providing funding for the Department of Defense.

Jun 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s bill to combat state-sponsored cyber threats took a significant step forward after being passed out the House Foreign Affairs committee today by unanimous consent. The Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 5576) will create a three-step process for identifying, deterring and responding to malicious, state-sponsored cyber attacks. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

Jun 26, 2018 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at protection of industrial control systems from cyber attacks. The bill presented by Don Bacon (U.S. Representative for Nebraska) was passed in a voice vote Monday, June 25, 2018.  The bill, officially known as the “DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018,” cleared the House Homeland Security Committee in May.