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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Washington, DC—Today, Wisconsin Reps. Kind, Moore, and Pocan—along with Reps. DelBene and Welch—sent a letter to United States Trade (USTR) Ambassador Lighthizer after finding out at the eleventh hour that the administration potentially failed to acquire a truly level playing field for U.S. dairy exporters into Japan. Instead, in the backdoor agreement, U.S.
Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Rep. Ron Kind calling on the government of Cameroon, armed groups, and all citizens to respect human rights and adopt nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution in the anglophone region. The resolution was led by Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Rep. Karen Bass.
WASHINGTON – Today, during a hearing with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind urged USTR Lighthizer to end the misguided trade war that is hurting Wisconsin’s farmers, workers, and families.
Watch the video here.
Since the Trump Administration’s trade war began in March of 2018, Wisconsin taxpayers have paid $251 million in additional taxes, and have seen a 30 percent drop in exports subject to tariff retaliation.
Eau Claire – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement in advance of the observance of Memorial Day:
“As we come together on Memorial Day, it is important that we pay tribute to the brave Wisconsinites who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Today – and every day – we honor their memory, and work to ensure our fallen Servicemembers’ families are supported by our communities,” said Rep. Ron Kind.
Rep. Kind will attend community-wide Memorial Day events in Eau Claire and Eleva.
Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Reckless Tariff Increases
WASHINGTON – Today, the Trump Administration announced tariff increases – from 10% to 25% - on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, escalating the U.S.-China Trade War. China, the world’s second largest economy, has vowed to further retaliate against the President’s unilateral trade policies. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:
Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish a Section 301 Exclusion Process for Tariffs
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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Democrats in the House will work with “Republican numbers” this week to pass individual appropriations bills to fund federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.
“We’re going to use what they agreed to themselves, and we’re going to see if (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell is willing to take that up,” Kind said as he outlined his priorities heading into the 116th Congress.