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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

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.  While it is vital that we maintain a strong defense, we must also recognize when it is time to bring our men and women home to safety.

For more than a decade, our troops have served in Iraq and continue to serve in Afghanistan, our longest conflict in U.S. history. The death of Osama bin Laden, who had declared war on America and was directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans, was a major accomplishment for our armed forces and intelligence services. And because of this, I believe President Obama’s announced strategy for troop withdrawal is a step in the right direction.

It is time to take the training wheels off in Afghanistan. I am hopeful that the President's strategy will both safely allow Afghanistan to take responsibility for their security, economic reconstruction and self-governance – and get our troops home safe and sound. 

You can be sure that I am also closely monitoring the developments in Iraq as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to advance militants and cause violence. President Obama has announced up to 300 military advisers would be sent to support Iraq against ISIS. We should continue to avoid sending combat troops back into Iraq.

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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More on National Security and Foreign Policy

July 25, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Governor Walker to Focus on Election Security Ahead of Upcoming Elections
Positions aimed at protecting Wisconsin elections from cyber threats remain open with less than one month until next election

July 11, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Office Now Accepting Applications for National Service Academies

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that his office is now accepting applications from individuals interested in attending one of our nation’s service academies. Students must submit their applications by Friday, October 19, 2018.

July 11, 2018 Press Release

Bipartisan House Coalition Introduces Tariff Legislation
Seeks to Reassert Congressional Authority on Tariffs

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by his colleagues Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Mark Sanford (R-SC), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced legislation that would require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. 

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Finding a Bipartisan Fix to our Immigration System

Comes after a chaotic week of proposed partisan immigration reform bills

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on finding bipartisan fixes to our broken immigration system:

June 6, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Slams Administration on Volatile Trade Policies

Follows Mexico’s new tariffs on Wisconsin products in response to Administration actions

La Crosse - Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind slammed United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the Trump Administration for implementing volatile trade policies, despite major concerns being raised by American workers, farmers and families.

Rep. Kind’s statement follows:

May 31, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Announces Students Who Have Accepted Offers to Attend U.S. Service Academies

Includes students from La Crosse, Onalaska, Nekoosa, Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Richland Center

May 8, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Condemns President’s Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Accord

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind issued the following statement, following President Trump’s announcement of his intent to break America’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord:

April 2, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Wisconsin Elections Commission to Protect Elections from Future Foreign Interference

Comes after reports that Wisconsin is using equipment vulnerable to hacking

La Crosse - Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on the Wisconsin Elections Commission to address a series of concerns regarding the security of Wisconsin election systems, including voting equipment and software used across western and central Wisconsin.

March 8, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Hold Hearings on Impacts of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

February 28, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Reiterates Call to Ensure the Security of Wisconsin Voting System
Comes following silence from Department of Homeland Security regarding integrity of Wisconsin Elections Systems