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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

September 1, 2021 Press Release

September 1, 2021 - Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced his intention to cast his vote against advancing the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act to the floor after the Committee adopted an amendment to add $23.9 billion above President Biden’s Pentagon budget request. This is the first time Rep. Ro Khanna has voted against advancing the national defense policy bill to the floor. 

July 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a Member of the House Armed Services and Oversight and Reform Committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J.

June 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – On June 8, 2021, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and lead House sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the successful passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate:

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chair and lead House Sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the markup and passage of the Endless Frontier Act in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

April 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressional India Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined the India Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30) and Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), in addition to co-Vice Chair Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-06), in sending a letter to President Joseph R. Biden. In the letter, the India Caucus leadership urges the Biden administration to send much-needed resources and raw materials to the Indian people, in addition to asking that lives be prioritized over intellectual property ownership. 

April 28, 2021 In The News

With millions of lives at stake amid a rapid spread of COVID-19, Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna said he hoped President Joe Biden would call the Pfizer CEO to let India produce its vaccine at least for six months or a year.

Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley in the US House of Representatives, has been an ardent supporter of the move by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver of COVID-19 vaccines.

April 27, 2021 In The News


How much more can the United States help India? The U.S. is now sending oxygen for COVID patients, raw materials for vaccines and other supplies for a country now leading the world in daily new infections. Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna of California joins us. He is vice chair of the Congressional India Caucus.

Congressman, good morning.

RO KHANNA: Good morning, Steve.

April 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressional India Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the dire COVID-19 crisis in India:

April 23, 2021 In The News

Hopes were high for the Endless Frontier Act when it was first introduced in 2020. The bipartisan, bicameral bill promised to boost U.S. efforts to compete against China by sending $100 billion to the National Science Foundation, refocusing its efforts on emerging technology like semiconductors and AI and even changing its name to the National Science and Technology Foundation. But the bill stagnated last year as Congress battled over COVID-19 recovery and the upcoming election.