Armed Services and Defense

The issues of Defense and National Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress.

It continually humbles me when I interact with our brave soldiers. The men and women who risk their lives for our country deserve the best our nation can offer. I feel a duty to protect not only the rights of active duty servicemen and women, but also the rights of those who served before them.

I strongly believe funding for the military is imperative, and supporting our troops at home and abroad is fundamental. To effectively advance our nation’s security goals, we must be able to objectively assess our security challenges and adapt accordingly. It is important to remember that the challenges we face today are not the challenges we will face tomorrow.  And unless we plan for those challenges today, we will not be able to successfully and peacefully overcome them.

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Sep 25, 2018

For the full text of Congressman Cleaver's Speech, click here.

Kansas City's Sister Ship, USS Independence

Sep 25, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

(Mobile, Alabama) - Congressman  Emanuel Cleaver, II delivered his speech for the christening of the USS Kansas City, LCS 22, today in a special ceremony today in Mobile Alabama. 

The LCS 22 can support modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to capture and sustain littoral maritime supremacy. Kansas City is the eleventh of 17 Independence-variant LCS Austal USA has under contract with the U.S. Navy.

Apr 12, 2017

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II served as honorary host on April 6, 2017, at the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into WWI at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

Apr 3, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to welcome an expected 4,000 people to the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the upcoming April 6, 2017 World War I Centennial Commemoration – one of the largest gatherings of international dignitaries outside of a United Nations meeting in our nation’s history.

Jan 29, 2016

Through some small miracle of air travel, I was able to make it up to DC this week for an announcement that no amount of snow was able to keep me away from. On Tuesday, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission made and presented its selection for a second national WWI memorial to be constructed at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club.

May 18, 2015

Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay applauded President Obama’s decision to curtail the distribution of some forms of military-style equipment and to add stricter controls on other transfers.  After months of study, the White House Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Report released a list of military hardware that local law enforcement will be prohibited from securing with federal funds or from federal agencies.

May 8, 2015

A Busy Week Back in Missouri's Fifth District

Mar 20, 2015

Today’s EC from DC is a special one. It’s not about me, or what’s going on in Washington, DC, or what we see on the news. It’s about six promising young people from our community.