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Foreign Policy and National Security

The United States can and should be a driving force around the world for freedom, human rights, and peace. This does not mean we should turn first to war and violence. Too many times, our first response to a foreign policy problem has been military action. Unilateral military interventions are counterproductive to our strategic goals and prolong violence and suffering. I support working together with the international community to find thoughtful diplomatic solutions for the complex issues facing our world.

I opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I continue to oppose the broad authorization of military force that has operated as a blank check for military use for 15 years. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will push for diplomatic solutions, increased foreign assistance, and the need to conduct robust congressional oversight. I support innovative responses to 21st century national security threats.


Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

Read my op-ed in The New York Times on U.S. involvement in the unconstitutional war in Yemen.

Read my op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on developing a 21st century foreign policy.

More on Foreign Policy and National Security

May 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Rep. Ro Khanna will chair a hearing titled, “DOD Inspector General Report on Excess Profits by TransDigm Group, Inc.” at 10:00am in 2154 Rayburn HOB in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement in response to today’s reporting from TIME.

April 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna issued the following statement after President Trump vetoed the Yemen War Powers Resolution passed by both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

“From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity. The Yemen War Powers Resolution was a bipartisan, bicameral effort to end the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and supported by some of the president’s most trusted Republican allies.

April 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Andy Kim (NJ-3) sent a letter to President Trump ahead of his meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. In the letter, the Members of Congress urge the Trump Administration not to block South Korea’s efforts to engage in cross-border business ventures that can build trust and facilitate progress towards denuclearization.

April 5, 2019 In The News

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers on Thursday sent a letter to President Donald Trump strongly urging him to sign a resolution that would end US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The letter requests a meeting with Trump at his "earliest convenience" to discuss the resolution. It was signed by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

April 5, 2019 In The News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has banded together, urging President Donald Trump to sign into law the historic War Powers Resolution that hit his desk on Thursday and reject a push from globalist forces for him to veto it.

The Democrat-led House of Representatives on Thursday joined the GOP-led U.S. Senate in passing a War Powers Resolution for the first time in the nation’s history on the U.S. role in backing Saudi Arabia’s coalition in Yemen’s civil war, sending a War Powers Resolution to the desk of a president.

April 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) sent a  bipartisan, bicameral letter to President Donald Trump urging him to sign into law Senate Joint Resolution 7, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973 to end unauthorized U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s armed conflict against Yemen’s Houthi forces. In the letter he also formally requests a meeting to discuss the situation.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Rep. Ro Khanna and Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following joint statement Thursday after the House passed the Yemen War Powers Resolution. The resolution will now be sent to President Trump's desk.

April 3, 2019 In The News

Harsh critics of President Donald Trump like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have put aside their differences with the president to join a bipartisan letter backing Trump’s announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria now that Islamic State has been defeated.

April 3, 2019 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive Democrat, told Breitbart News he is supporting President Donald Trump’s efforts to broker a peace deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Khanna said he met a couple weeks ago with former President Jimmy Carter on how to help President Trump reach a denuclearization deal with North Korea, and he said Carter is willing to help Trump where he can.