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.
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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.
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Washington, DC – Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17), Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Adam Smith (WA-09), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement:
The Democratic-held House is taking another stab at ending US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The House Armed Services Committee voted 31-25 Wednesday to add language to a key defense authorization bill that would ban the Donald Trump administration from using funds to provide the Saudi coalition with logistical support in its war against the Houthis.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act, bicameral legislation that would enhance reporting on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations, improve investigations into civilian casualties, and strengthen resources for the Department of Defense (DoD) policies and practices relating to civilian casualty prevention and responses.
Representative Ro Khanna (D.-CA) recently laid down some new rules for the Pentagon budget: Fund public health over weapons; freeze defense programs at current levels; resist Senate pressure to cave on House priorities; and develop a “modern, expansive definition of national security that includes the risk of pandemics and climate change.”
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) announced the introduction of legislation that bars President Donald Trump from waging an unauthorized armed conflict against North Korea.
Washington, DC – Responding to news that the warring parties in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) issued the following joint statement:
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), joined by 19 Democratic U.S. Representatives, called for a national shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the United States of America. As the infection rate climbs and the strain on the American health care system worsens, the federal government cannot continue to slow-walk its response.
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Khanna, Eshoo, and Cohen penned a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with more than 60 Members of Congress urging the Trump administration to take immediate action to oppose the Israeli government’s acceleration of home demolitions and displacement of Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Writing to Secretary Pompeo, the letter requests the State Department to examine Israeli compliance with the requirements applied by the Arms Export Control Act in order to ensure that U.S.-supplied equipment is not being used to destroy Palestinian homes.