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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On Friday President Trump signed an Executive Order blocking refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. The Executive Order immediately set off confusion and led to unnecessary detentions for families and travelers across the United States. Below is Rep. Kind’s statement on the Executive Order:
President Trump signed an Executive Order blocking refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. The Executive Order immediately set off confusion and led to unnecessary detentions for families and travelers across the United States. Below is Rep. Kind’s statement on the Executive Order:
President Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between the US and eleven other nations. Below is U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s statement:
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U.S. Rep. Kind expressed his concern after investigative reporters at the Washington Post found that the Pentagon had hidden evidence of $125 billion dollars in wasted taxpayer money. Hiding this report makes it hard to fix the problems, since the public is clearly not being told what is broken.
Today, the Obama Administration announced that they launched a new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s export duties on nine different raw materials. The export duties China imposes provide substantial competitive advantages for Chinese manufacturers and make it more expensive for U.S. manufacturers that rely on these raw materials to produce their goods.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the Wasteful Defense Spending Reduction Act, which puts in place an expedited process to cut wasteful defense spending and pay down the national debt.