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, Rep. Ron Kind opposed exempting General Lloyd Austin from the National Security Act of 1947, which requires the head of the Defense Department to be at least seven years past active duty. Because General Austin retired in 2016, he is precluded from serving as Defense Secretary without a Congressional waiver.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bipartisan legislation bolsters our national security, sets critical national defense priorities for the upcoming year, reaffirms our steadfast commitment to NATO, includes a 3% pay raise for servicemembers, provides benefits to certain veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and invests in countering cyber security threats, such as the recent hacks perpetrated by Russia.
Washington, DC — Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on reports that the Kremlin-backed Russian operatives hacked into multiple U.S. agencies--including the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security:
Washington, DC – Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the United States will be using the Dispute Settlement Process against Canada for the first time for failing to comply with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) implementation requirements. This comes after Rep. Ron Kind lead a bipartisan group of his colleagues in calling for it to be done. Canadian dairy policy has long unfairly excluded Wisconsin dairy products from competing fairly in Canada.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which will support our service members, maintain military readiness, and bolster our national security. The legislation sets important national defense priorities for the upcoming year and is critical to ensuring the national security of the United States.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA):
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.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed through the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced the three Wisconsin students, whom he nominated, that have accepted offers of appointment at one of the United States’ Service Academies.
La Crosse, WI—After Rep.