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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

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC– Today, by a vote of 251-170, the House of Representatives successfully passed the Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent federal funds from being used for any military force in or against Iran without congressional authorization. In addition to blocking funds for a war, this amendment clarifies neither the 2001 nor 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) can be invoked to justify the use of military force against Iran.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1), and 17 original cosponsors introduced an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent federal funds from being used for any military force against Iran without congressional authorization. Specifically, this amendment clarifies neither the 2001 nor 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) can be invoked to justify the use of military force against Iran.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

San Jose – On Tuesday June 18, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Lam Le and Hiep Nguyen were granted temporary visas in order to provide life-saving medical bone marrow to their brother, Tu Le of San Jose, who is undergoing treatment for a rare form of blood cancer known as myelodysplastic syndrome.

June 20, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON ― House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill on Wednesday, complete with funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department. But 11 lines in the 667-page bill could literally be the difference between war and peace, life and death: a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

June 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) have established a new bipartisan War Powers Caucus, which will be dedicated to debating our nation’s role in global affairs and reaffirming Congress’s constitutional responsibility on matters of war and peace. Joining Representatives Biggs and Khanna as original members of the caucus are Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO). War Powers Caucus members, Concerned Veterans for America, and VoteVets issued the following statements:

June 18, 2019 In The News

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), the first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced an unlikely partnership on Tuesday.

The bipartisan duo launched the War Powers Caucus, a group that says it is “dedicated to restoring Congress’s constitutionally-mandated authority over matters of war and peace.”

June 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC  – Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17), Anthony Brown (MD-04), John Garamendi (CA-03), and Seth Moulton (MA-06) released the following statement after withdrawing an amendment to the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit the Trump administration from putting the United States on the path to war with Iran without Congressional authorization.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Today, Rep. Khanna of the HASC, Budget, and Oversight committees, introduced a series of amendments in the NDAA markup. A summary of the amendments is below:

1. Preventing funds to be used with war with Iran amendment. Unless there is legislation from Congress authorizing military force against Iran, or if the US is attacked, no funds in the NDAA can be used for war with Iran.

June 11, 2019 In The News

FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction should be annulled, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, on Tuesday. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., meanwhile, is calling on the Trump administration to investigate the case that imprisoned the former president on corruption charges, following The Intercept’s exposé that showed Judge Sérgio Moro plotted with prosecutors to convict Lula and prevent the Workers’ Party from returning to power.

June 4, 2019 In The News

Progressive lawmakers and activists are plotting their next move to hold President Donald Trump accountable over his relationship with Saudi Arabia, hoping to tie the president’s hands with the national defense funding bill.

The open question is, does the larger Congress, which only a few months ago took a historic vote to rebuke Trump’s foreign policy, still care about the war in Yemen?