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 a troubled world.  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, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, 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 Muslim Ban erodes America’s safety by providing ISIS and other terror groups with a potent tool for recruitment and radicalization, and his 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
Today, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan defense authorization conference report for 2018, which invests in a strong national defense to meet the threats we face around the world.

President Trump's speech at the United Nations this morning was a missed opportunity to demonstrate true leadership in securing our nation and protecting our allies.


An act of terror cannot diminish the resolve of the British people, who have withstood every hardship in the fight to defend freedom and democracy.


North Korea's latest ballistic missile test is a clear provocation and risks destabilizing the entire region. The United States will continue to stand by our allies Japan and the Republic of Korea in a common defense against North Korean aggression.


President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military is shameful. Not only does it run contrary to the values of our nation and the counsel of our military leaders, but it undermines national security and military readiness.


President Trump’s directive to ban transgender Americans who have served and will serve honorably in the military undermines our national security and the values for which U.S. troops risk their lives to defend.


Tonight, the President outlined our basic goals in Afghanistan – eliminating that country’s posture as a terrorist safe-haven and enhancing a regional framework for security and stability. 


President Trump's threat against North Korea is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment. 


This week, Senate Republicans attempted to pass various iterations of TrumpCare, each of which would have kicked millions of Americans off coverage and raised premiums for millions more. 


President Putin’s decision to seize U.S. diplomatic property and expel some of our personnel will not change the fact that Russia will face consequences for its interference in our election, its intervention in eastern Ukraine, and its illegal occupation of Crimea.  The House and the Senate have now passed a tough sanctions bill by veto-proof margins, and it is incumbent upon the President to sign this legislation. 


Tonight, the Senate overwhelmingly approved, by a vote of 98-2, the House's bill to expand sanctions against Russia for its interference in our election, its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and its illegal occupation of Crimea.


Iranian naval aggression in the Persian Gulf yesterday underscores the nature of the regime we are dealing with in Tehran.