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

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. — Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued the following statement after North Korea latest ballistic missile test:

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (HR 2810). This bill takes steps to rebuild our military for the 21st century. It increases funding for missile defense research and development, and it reforms our acquisition process to make it leaner and more cost-efficient. Within this authorization to strengthen our national defense, Congressman Yoho was able to insert four amendments to help improve the bill.

Jul 13, 2017 In The News

Rep. Ted Yoho (R., Fla.) called for the United States take a more active role in preventing the spread of radical Islam into Southeast Asia at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee meeting on Wednesday amid the emergence of ISIS militants in the city of Marawi on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued the following statement on today’s announcement of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan:

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement on the USDA’s recent decision to halt fresh Brazilian beef imports into the U.S.

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement on North Korea’s recent cruise missile test:

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, introduced the Economic Growth and Development Act (EGDA) – H.R. 2747. EGDA establishes a direct relationship between U.S. development agencies and the private sector. It also requires consultation with the private sector when developing country strategies and calls for ongoing studies into the factors that limit private-sector growth in each country that receives U.S. assistance.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL) efforts to secure funding for the Jacksonville Harbor deep dredge navigation project have paid off. In the recently released President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2018, funds have been allocated for this project. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

May 22, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee on Asia, is looking to expand information access to North Korea--and he has the backing of some leading figures on Capitol Hill. 

Yoho is looking to update the North Korea Human Rights Act (NKHRA) of 2004 which authorized making radio broadcasts into North Korea. Noting the technological updates of the last 13 years, Yoho is calling to modernize the law with his “Distribution and Promotion of Rights and Knowledge Act of 2017.”

May 3, 2017 In The News

President Trump’s comment that the United States “could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” is backed by the reality of the threat from Pyongyang. Each missile tested and nuclear device detonated brings the Kim regime one step closer to having a nuclear tipped ICBM capable of striking the U.S. homeland.