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National Security and Foreign Policy

Nothing is more important than the responsibility our nation’s leaders have to protect the national security of the American people.  It is vital that we both maintain a strong national defense as well as a robust diplomatic corps to foster critical relationships with like-minded countries to protect a rules-based international world order.

I believe that as our servicemembers honorably serve our country overseas, Congress should finally do its job in providing a clear authorization for the use of military force. Currently, the U.S. relies far too heavily on authorizations that are over 15 years old, which no longer accurately reflect the threat environments overseas. Congress has failed to provide clarity with a new authorization of force, and I will continue to support bipartisan efforts to reassert congressional input to avoid open-ended conflicts that lack clear guidelines and objectives.

The U.S. must also continue to use its diplomatic power to protect the rules-based international world order that was created by the U.S. and its allies after WWII. Accomplishing this will require the U.S. to lead an international coalition with our allies to counter the rising challenges from autocratic powers like Russia. I am concerned that recent steps taken to walk back our international commitments will damage our national security, threaten human rights throughout the world, and hamper the ability of the U.S. to influence international decisions that will ultimately affect Americans.

It is also my promise to ensure that no veteran is left behind. Our armed forces serve with honor and it is our duty to provide the best care we can offer when they come home. To read more about my work for veterans, click here.

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June 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel requesting a full congressional briefing after several press reports found that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties for killing United States and coalition servicemembers in Afghanistan, and the Administration was aware of this intelligence as far back as 2019.

April 24, 2020 Press Release

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March 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, House Committee on Ways and Means members Reps. Ron Kind, Suzan DelBene, and Terri Sewell sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging expedited processing of tariff exclusion requests and if warranted temporary suspension of tariffs on certain goods.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement:

January 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— In a Friday night news dump, the Administration seems to have finally admitted to what we have already known: that the tariffs aren’t working. The Trump Administration announced an increase in tariffs on derivative steel products by an additional 25 percent and derivative aluminum products by an additional 10 percent.

January 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Senate passed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA):

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signed the first phase of a trade deal with China: 

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced his support for a War Powers Resolution, which would prevent further military escalation with Iran without authorization from Congress. This resolution comes after U.S. forces conducted an airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport last week, targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. The President failed to notify Congress before the strike, despite a legal obligation to do so.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced that a deal has been reached with United States Trade Representative Ambassador Lighthizer: