National Security & Foreign Policy

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.
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 U.S. power – diplomatic, developmental, and military tools – to maintain America’s standing in the world. 

In the 116th Congress, Democrats passed two bipartisan defense authorization bills that strengthened our national security, supported our troops, and defended our allies and interests abroad. Additionally, we reauthorized critical intelligence programs and strengthened Congressional oversight.  In the 117th Congress, Democrats will build on these gains by helping President Biden keep Americans safe at home and abroad.  We will continue to stand up for human rights and democracy around the world, working to reaffirm America’s guiding values.  We will work with the Administration to provide our diplomats and our troops with the tools needed to carry out their missions abroad safely and effectively.  
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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].
By selectively declassifying documents relating to the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, the President is once again showing he has no regard for the rule of law and is putting his own interests ahead of the country’s. 
Having been signed by someone who takes the word of Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence agencies and called on Russia during the 2016 campaign to commit cyberattacks against our elections, today’s executive order is not going to make anyone believe that President Trump really cares about securing our elections against foreign interference. 
I condemn unequivocally the Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians.  No country should sit by while its citizens are harmed and threatened.