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Congressman Warren Davidson

Representing the 8th Congressional District of Ohio

National Security

As a former Army Ranger, I understand the importance of having a mission. Our military has one mission - to win wars. Right now, our military seems more concerned with social engineering than winning wars. 

It is wrong for us to continue sending our brave men and women into harm’s way anywhere in the world without a clear mission. This is especially true in Afghanistan and in operations against ISIS. The U.S. military is still using an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 that was a response to the September 11th attacks by  Al-Qaeda. ISIS is a different organization with a different focus and different capabilities, and the mission must be adjusted accordingly. Congress has been skirting our duties of declaring war and we must take responsibility again by passing a new AUMF.

We must also fully fund our military but in a fiscally responsible way. I will continue to support legislation to rein in government spending while ensuring dollars given to the Department of Defense go to strengthening our national security, our troops, and their families. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line. They should not be afraid to use jets or helicopters because we do not pay for their maintenance. Our troops should be equipped with the equipment they need to accomplish their mission and keep them safe.


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January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In case you may have missed it, Congressman Warren Davidson's (OH-08) guest to the State of the Union, Troy Fire Chief Matt Simmons, has been on the forefront of his city’s opioid crisis and is part of a regional effort involving first responders, the sheriff, the jail, addiction services and the faith community to respond to the crisis.


“There’s a perception that everything is going downhill and I don’t think that’s the case. I think when the community really gets back to our roots of people helping people, that there is hope.” Springfield News-Sun

January 20, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) released the following statement concerning Senator Schumer's shutdown of the government. 

January 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) joined a group of 65 lawmakers in a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urging the immediate release of the four-page FISA Memo document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The letter, which was led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01), states “the audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.”

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July 26, 2017 Press Release

TROY, OH - Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Troy) released the following statement after learning of President Trump’s plan to make changes to the U.S. Military's policy towards transgender individuals.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives adopted two amendments (Amendment #80 and Amendment #120) offered by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Amendment #80 will encourage collaboration between the Federal Aviation Authority and the Department of Defense on unmanned aircraft research. “The Springfield Ohio National Guard Base located in our district plays an important supporting role for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s ongoing drone research activities. My amendment will strengthen coordination between FAA and DOD to help our make our region of Ohio a leader in unmanned aircraft research, development, testing, and manufacturing,” said Davidson. Amendment #120 will prohibit funding for military operations in Yemen that are not directly connected with the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. This amendment ensures U.S. forces remain focused on the Congressionally authorized war against al Qaeda, not fighting in the Yemeni civil war. “We owe it to our troops to give them clear missions and the tools to accomplish them. Involving our military in a war against Houthi forces without Congressional authorization is out of the bounds of our Constitutional framework for making war. It also commits our soldiers and defense resources to ill-defined missions that do not support our national security,” said Davidson. The 2018 NDAA provides the funds needed to begin rebuilding our military after years of severe cuts that have reduced troop levels, created a readiness crisis, and delayed development of weapons systems needed to challenge our adversaries. The bill will also give troops their biggest pay raise in eight years. It passed the House by a vote 344-81. We owe it to our troops to give them clear missions and the tools to accomplish them. Involving our military in a war against Houthi forces without Congressional authorization is out of the bounds of our Constitutional framework for making war.
May 11, 2017 Op-Ed
Anyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces is familiar with completing an Operations Order (OPORD). Spelling out the situation, mission, execution, sustainment, and command and control enables our Army to “fight and win our Nation’s wars.” For our troops in harm’s way in Syria right now, the mission has not been spelled out and Congress, by ignoring its responsibilities to authorize and exercise oversight over the use of military force, is responsible. History has shown us that when Congress neglects its duty, our troops are at an avoidable strategic disadvantage.
February 28, 2017 Press Release
On overall speech: “I agree with the president’s primary message that America’s best days are ahead of us. The first thing lawmakers must accomplish is to follow through on our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congress passed a repeal in the past, and we should do so again. We must be bold, and not succumb to half measures that keep key pillars of Obamacare or create new programs in their wake.
January 27, 2017 Press Release
“We know that terrorists want to hurt us, and they know our refugee system is a weak point,” said Davidson regarding the announcement. “The Administration’s pause on allowing refugees from terrorist strongholds is a commonsense solution in the effort to protect American citizens. The United States will still be a place that welcomes refugees, but we will now review our screening procedures to ensure members of ISIS and its affiliates do not infiltrate our country.”
October 28, 2016 Press Release
Today, Director of the FBI James Comey alerted Congress of new evidence pertinent to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's improper handling of classified information as Secretary of State. In response, the FBI is reopening its investigation into the matter. Rep. Davidson (R-Troy) released the following statement in response to this news: "Equality before the law is one of the basic principles of our republic. The recent behavior of the FBI made many people question if we are still guided by this principle. After confidential material was compromised by Generals Cartwright and Petraeus, both of them faced prosecution. After Hillary Clinton did the same thing during her tenure as Secretary of State, she faced no prosecution. Especially in light of new evidence, I strongly urge the FBI to investigate this matter with urgency and in a manner that removes any doubt from the American public that this was a fair investigation."
October 21, 2016 Press Release
In an effort to prevent future insecure arrangements in handling classified information for government officials, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee issued subpoenas to three companies who were responsible for maintaining Hillary Clinton’s email servers during her tenure as Secretary of State. At the order of Hillary Clinton, Platte River Networks refused to comply with this investigation. In response, the committee announced plans to hold the company in contempt of Congress. U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (R-Troy), member of the committee, released the following statement on this development