WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Feb. 24. McKeon, who has criticized President Obama for not speaking publicly about the war in Afghanistan, will give the speech that he said Obama won't deliver.
As head of the House Armed Services Committee, which provides oversight and authorization of the Defense Department and its nearly $500 billion budget, McKeon is considered one of Congress' most influential members on defense policy. McKeon announced in January he would not seek reelection in 2014 after nearly 21 years on Capitol Hill. Though an advocate of cutting government spending, McKeon is a staunch defender of a robust defense budget and has worked to bridge the gap between defense industry leaders and military leaders. McKeon is also a proponent of the U.S. approach to foreign policy known as "peace through strength," where the nation uses its military might to deter potential adversaries.
McKeon has promoted boosting missile defense spending, funding for the F-22 fighter jet and restoring the House tradition of passing defense authorization bills without controversial social items. McKeon also founded the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, which helps educate members of Congress and the public of the strategic, tactical and scientific value of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones.
Born in Los Angeles, McKeon is a business owner, a former bank executive and a former mayor and local council member in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif.
The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by going to http://bit.ly/1irXGKC. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members and $36 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at the time of reservation.
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