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The primary duty of our government is to protect the American people from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In the era of global terrorism and nuclear weaponry, strengthening our military and intelligence communities is the key to ensuring our nation’s safety. As a veteran, I value the hard work and sacrifices our servicemen and women make to protect our country, but I also understand that the use of military force is not something that should be taken lightly.

The safety of Americans should be our government’s top priority, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I believe Congress is obligated to provide our military with all of the tools they need to protect the American people.

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September 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today applauded a task order award from the U.S. Army to Hardwire, LLC in Pocomoke City, Maryland, for the procurement of the Army’s next generation Modular Scalable Vest (MSV).  The Army MSV program will replace heavy body armor systems with new lightweight armor and carriers.  The contract under which the task order was awarded runs through December 2029.  The Army’s top priority for the MSV program is to “lighten the load” on its troops with a tailorable vest.

September 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

August 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today joined Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-05) in introducing an article of impeachment against Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.  This action is in direct response to predictable, yet egregiously inexcusable failures of planning, execution, and leadership in Afghanistan that have led to the loss of American lives, endangered countless other American and allied lives, and set a horrible precedent on the international stage.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Military Service Academies nomination application is now available for students wishing to join the class of 2025. Congressman Harris will nominate some of the finest students from Maryland’s First Congressional District for appointments to the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination, though Congressman Harris will recommend interested applicants on a case-by-case basis.

June 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a more than $57 million federal contract to three military contractors across the country, including Hardwire, LLC, located in Pocomoke City.  The contract will provide the Army with Small Arms Protective Inserts hard armor plates to support Foreign Military Sales requirements.  Two other armor manufacturers, one in Florida and one in Kansas, were also selected to receive portions of the contract award.  For Hardwire, work will be performed in Pocomoke City and is expected to be completed by 2025. 

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening:

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Today Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) voted “no” on H. Con. Res. 83 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today voted in favor of President Trump’s new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.  

Rep. Harris made the following statement:

September 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a more than $42 million federal contract with Hardwire, LLC, located in Pocomoke City.  The contract will provide the Marine Corps with up to 982,749 Soft Armor Inserts.  Work will be performed in Pocomoke City and is expected to be completed by 2024. 

Hardwire has developed and fielded armor to protect against a variety of threats, including small firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 

Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement:

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Harris praised the Northrop Grumman facility in Elkton for its participation in a collaborative weapons program with Raytheon - the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program.