Defense and National Security

Keeping America safe is Congress’ most important duty. Democrats are focused on strengthening U.S. national security and restoring America’s leadership in the world. That includes deploying the full arsenal of US power – diplomatic, development, and military tools – to maintain America’s standing in the world. The Democratic-led 116th Congress passed a robust National Defense Authorization Act, which strengthens national security, supports our troops, and defends our allies and interests abroad. It also includes the Intelligence Authorization Act, which reauthorizes critical intelligence programs and strengthens Congressional oversight.

President Trump, on the other hand, continues to undermine national security and make America less safe. With each tweet, Trump erodes US prestige. He has presented no plan or strategy for the gravest threats facing our nation, including strategies to address the situations in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Yemen. He refused to affirm NATO’s Article 5 and the common defense of our allies or take a stand against Putin’s Russia, which has sowed doubt among US allies. He seeks to cut the diplomatic and development tools that are necessary to maintain order. Trump’s ban on transgender troops serving in the Armed Forces harms our military’s readiness and undermines the values for which U.S. troops risk their lives.

Defense and National Security Related
The Special Counsel's report makes clear that Russia 'interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion.' 
President Trump has made it clear with this veto that he will stand in the way of bipartisan opposition in Congress to continued U.S. involvement in Yemen, and it is deeply disappointing that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled that he will not pursue an override of the veto, which would need to happen before the House can act. 
Today, Congress heard from Secretary-General Stoltenberg about the challenges NATO member states face and how critical it is that we continue to face them together. 
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the resolution, introduced by my friend, the gentleman from Massachusetts, [Representative Joe] Kennedy.
Last night, I made a comment during my remarks that was, unfortunately, misinterpreted, and I want to make sure there is no ambiguity about what I said. 
will carefully review Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s report, but I will not be satisfied until the full report and all underlying evidence is made available.
I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency.  But I have visited Israel some fifteen times, and I have seen the courage of its people and their enduring spirit to make their country flourish. 
I have been clear from the start of the Special Counsel’s investigation: Congress and the American people deserve to know what his investigation has uncovered, including information about Russia’s efforts to undermine our democracy, allegations of the President obstructing justice, and any other potential criminal conduct by government officials. 
Last night’s announcement is a betrayal of the thousands of transgender patriots who have served or have been preparing to serve our country in uniform.
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Chairman [Eliot] Engel, [House Armed Services Committee] Chairman [Adam] Smith, Representative [Ro] Khanna, and others for ensuring that the House expresses its views on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.
Congress must take action to protect the special counsel’s investigation, in light of today’s arrest of Roger Stone and the other indictments of the President’s close associates.
The people of Venezuela have suffered under the yoke of the Chavez-Maduro regime and yearn for a return to democracy.  
Thank you very much, Jimmy. Congressman Panetta, of course, comes from a family that has made extraordinary contributions to the defense of our country and to the strengthening of our alliances.
I am very concerned that the Supreme Court is allowing the Trump Administration to continue discriminating against transgender Americans wishing to serve their country as litigation over this issue continues. 
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking for a delay in the lifting of certain Russia sanctions, now that bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate have indicated their disapproval of such a move. 
I'm offering this resolution today because it is deeply concerning that the Treasury Department would terminate sanctions from companies owned by Oleg Deripaska.  Mr. Deripaska is a Russian oligarch, meaning he's very, very wealthy. 
The deadly attack in Syria was a horrific reminder that the battle against ISIS continues.
Today, I am introducing a resolution to prevent the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on businesses owned by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who has been sanctioned for his close relationship to President Putin and activities aimed at harming the interests of the United States.
It is unconscionable that a President of the United States would sit in the White House and say that Iran and its proxies ought to be allowed to take up positions on the borders of our closest regional allies.  
The principled resignation of Secretary Mattis is stark evidence of the dangerous and irresponsible defense and foreign policies being pursued by President Trump.
I am troubled by the President's seemingly sudden and poorly thought-out decision to withdraw American forces from Syria at a time when serious issues remain unresolved.
We can pass [the Senate] bill [to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation].