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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

March 7, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Khanna with fifteen progressive colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo rejecting threats of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, supporting diplomatic dialogue to resolve the political crisis there and opposing broad economic sanctions that hurt ordinary Venezuelans.

The letter condemns the Maduro government’s anti-democratic actions, human rights abuses and destructive economic policies but strongly expresses concerns that the Trump Administration’s misguided policy could make the situation even worse for the Venezuelan people.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – As President Trump arrives to Hanoi, Vietnam, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with eighteen Democratic Members of Congress, have introduced a resolution calling for a final settlement of the Korean War, now officially in its 68th year. 

February 26, 2019 In The News

Three Democratic members of Congress introduced a resolution to formally end the Korean War as President Donald Trump prepares to meet for a second summit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un on Wednesday. 

Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Andy Kim (D-N.J.) introduced the non-binding resolution on Tuesday as a sign of support from Congress ahead of the Hanoi, Vietnam, summit where Trump and Kim Jong-Un could announce an agreement to officially end the war.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement in light of the President’s recent emergency declaration.  

February 14, 2019 In The News

A bill that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen could force President Donald Trump to exercise the first veto of his presidency — and, in the process, raise questions about his willingness to place American interests over those of a foreign government.

February 14, 2019 In The News

Yesterday, the House of Representatives handed President Donald J. Trump a historic rebuke when it overwhelmingly passed House Joint Resolution 37, by invoking the War Powers resolution of 1973 in directing the administration to cease support for the Saudi-UAE led war on Yemen.

February 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives voted 248-177, in favor of passing H.J. Res. 37, which invokes the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end unconstitutional U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Rep. Khanna issued the below statement in response.

February 13, 2019 In The News

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition in Yemen, a historic vote that sends a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump's foreign policy one month after Democrats took control of the chamber.

The vote in the House Wednesday was 248 to 177, with 18 Republicans joining Democrats to pass the resolution. A Senate vote is expected in the coming weeks.

February 13, 2019 In The News

President Trump has not issued a veto since taking office more than two years ago, but that may soon change.

The House will move a step closer to a major confrontation with Trump by voting as soon as Wednesday on a resolution that would cut off U.S. military support to the Saudi-led coalition in neighboring Yemen.

The measure is expected to easily pass the chamber controlled by Democrats. After that, it will move to the GOP-led Senate, where is it also expected to have enough votes.

February 13, 2019 In The News

Khanna has sometimes been a source of tension within the House Democratic Caucus. Heendorsed incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last year before backtracking and signaling support for Crowley’s liberal challenger in the primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is now an ally of Khanna’s in Congress. But his work on Yemen may also position him as a rare consensus builder within a progressive movement that has tried to pull Democrats to the left.