Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
Michael Cohen Testifies Before the House Oversight Committee
I was recently appointed to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. This is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has the authority to investigate a broad range of subjects including drug pricing, campaign finance reform, and any other matter it deems to be relevant.
Yesterday, President Trump’s longtime lawyer, confidante, and “fixer”, Michael Cohen, was called before the committee to testify under oath. I questioned Mr. Cohen on the smoking gun document he shared which provides compelling evidence of federal and state financial crimes. Mr. Cohen also admitted that Donald Trump Jr. is the second executive involved in this potential criminal conspiracy. Watch the full exchange here.
Historic House Passage of Yemen War Powers Resolution
I am proud to report that the House of Representatives voted 248 to 177 to pass my bipartisan joint resolution invoking the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to finally end unconstitutional U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Last year, the Senate passed a similar measure, but then-Speaker Paul Ryan blocked my resolution from a vote on the House floor. The Senate plans to pass Senator Sanders’ Yemen War Powers Resolution in the beginning of March. Once it passes both chambers, then President Trump will face the decision of either signing it, which would end U.S. military complicity in the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, or vetoing it, which would reject bipartisan majorities of both chambers of the U.S. Congress who support ending U.S. military involvement in Yemen.
In any event, I am encouraged by the direction Americans are pushing our party to take on foreign policy – promoting restraint and human rights, and for Congress to play a much larger role and assert its constitutional authority. We are now another step closer to ending this crisis which has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and continues to endanger tens of millions more civilians across war-torn Yemen.
Public Charge Roundtable in Fremont
This Saturday, I will host a discussion on the Department of Homeland Security’s new “public charge” proposal. The Department’s action would target key public support programs helping immigrants meet basic needs such as Medicaid, supplemental nutritional assistance, low-income subsidies for housing, and Medicare Part D which funds prescription drug coverage. The public charge roundtable will take place at the Fremont Senior Center from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on March 2nd. Please call my Santa Clara district office at (408) 436-2720 for more information or to RSVP.
It was great to see so many of you and to answer your questions at my January town hall in Cupertino and my February town hall in Fremont. I hope to see you at my West San Jose town hall on Saturday starting at 1:00 PM at Dilworth Elementary School in the General Learning Center (GLC). If you can’t make it, you can watch on Facebook Live. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Ending the War in Afghanistan
Our nation has endured 18 years of war in Afghanistan, costing more than the Marshall plan and the lives of more than two thousand brave U.S. troops. Endless international conflicts like this war are counter-productive to our goals of peace and safety. Please read my op-ed on this issue in USA Today.
Why I Strongly Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
I deeply disagree with the Trump Administration’s embrace of Venezuela’s self-proclaimed new leader, Juan Guaidó. While there is no doubt that President Nicolás Maduro is a cruel authoritarian, it is not our place to wade into the quagmire of Latin American regime change, nor can we afford to further over-extend our armed forces. I explain further in my op-ed in the Washington Post.
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