Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Norcross Selected to Chair Largest House Armed Services Subcommittee

Jan 23, 2019
News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) was selected by his colleagues to chair the House Armed Services Committee’s Tactical Air and Land Forces (TAL) Subcommittee.

“We live in an uncertain world where there are serious threats to our country and our democracy, and our military needs to be equipped with resources to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Congressman Norcross. “New Jersey is home to a number of defense facilities and industries that provide high-tech jobs and play an important role in the security of the United States, including Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. In this new leadership role, I will be able to continue supporting our missions at these facilities and others across the country.”

The TAL Subcommittee authorized over $90 billion of Department of Defense spending last year, which is the largest amount of any Armed Services Subcommittee, and plays a critical role in ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the best equipment possible to safeguard our nation.

He added: “I want to thank my colleagues for entrusting me with this important role on the Committee. I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to make sure our military is equipped to meet mission requirements and deter potential adversaries, while ensuring the Department of Defense’s acquisition programs are fiscally responsible. As the proud father of a veteran, serving on the House Armed Services Committee has always been personal for me, and this new post will allow me to lead efforts to ensure our military can execute, innovate, and modernize.”

TAL is responsible for the authorization of funding for equipment across the services (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps), National Guard and Reserves. Specifically, the Subcommittee authorizes funding for and conducts oversight of all military tactical aviation and helicopter platforms; Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps combat and tactical vehicles, servicemember equipment, and electronic warfare programs among others. Above all the Subcommittee is tasked with ensuring that our military’s modernization strategies and programs meet core military equipment requirements, our military is equipped to meet mission requirements and deter any hostile threats, and that the Department of Defense is fiscally responsible and accountable to the nation’s taxpayers.

This follows Norcross’ re-appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Education and Labor in the 116th Congress. He was also unanimously elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and selected to be the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s Parliamentarian. Additionally Norcross is the co-founder of the Building Trades Caucus and Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

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Contact: Ally Kehoe, Communications Director
ally.kehoe@mail.house.gov