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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.  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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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