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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

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

February 15, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Department of Homeland Security to Look into Security of Wisconsin Voting System

Comes following indictment of 13 Russian Operatives for Interfering in 2016 election

November 2, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) requesting an update on actions they are taking to crack down on the importation of goods produced by exploitative labor.

September 22, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind led a bipartisan coalition in calling on President Trump to continue honoring the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). In recent weeks it has been reported that the Trump Administration is considering withdrawing from the agreement. A withdrawal from the agreement would cause American businesses, farmers and workers to face high barriers to selling their products while benefiting competitors in Asia and Europe.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement following the Trump Administration decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay: