National Security and International Relations
The U.S. is a profound force for good in the world. Our ability to impact peace and democracy across the globe is rooted in our economic strength and principles of democracy. Through these diplomatic initiatives, partnered with a strong national defense, the U.S. can keep Americans safe at home and abroad and continue to create positive change throughout the world.
- Funding the Military: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) outlines the budget and expenses for the Department of Defense. Congress must provide the resources our service members need to ensure a strong and smart national security and keep our country safe. I voted for the final version of the NDAA for fiscal year 2017 because in addition to supporting our military, it provided a significant pay raise for service members.
- Foreign Aid: The United States foreign aid budget represents less than one percent of our entire federal budget and includes money to support our allies around the world who help us promote peace and economic prosperity. Our foreign aid budget includes funding for humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Department of State, and agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Access to basic education, including literacy initiatives and other youth skill programs, is an additional component of U.S. foreign aid priorities.
Foreign aid contributes not only to global humanitarian interests but also to our own national security and economic stability. By helping to foster peace and stability in foreign countries, we build both political allies and strong trading partners while reducing the need for potential military intervention. Foreign aid is essential for U.S. interests around the world and to create stable allies that will foster worldwide peace.
- Bringing home Amir Hekmati: I advocated for nearly four years for the release of Marine veteran, Amir Hekmati. Amir is a Flint native who went to Iran to visit his family in 2011 and was falsely arrested and accused of being a spy. While Amir was in prison, I worked tirelessly with former President Obama and Administration officials to draw attention to his imprisonment and fight for his release. As part of these efforts, I introduced a resolution calling on Iran to release Amir and other American political prisoners. The resolution passed the House unanimously.
In January 2016, Amir and three other Americans were released from imprisonment in Iran. One of the proudest days of my life was flying over to Germany with the Hekmati family to bring him home to Flint. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly with me to secure Amir’s release.
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Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration missed a court-ordered deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border:
“President Trump’s decision to separate children from their families is cruel and un-American. This traumatic experience will forever scar thousands of children and families. The Trump Administration’s failure to meet the reunification deadline further illuminates its inability to govern with competence or compassion.
Today, all four Michigan Democratic Members of Congress – Representatives Sandy Levin, Dan Kildee, Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence – issued the following joint statement:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“Never before has a President so quickly surrendered and betrayed longstanding U.S. values and the security interests of the American people to an adversary. The President’s weak performance was an embarrassment on the world stage.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban:
“This Supreme Court decision will go down in history as a great moral failure. Today’s decision fails to protect religious liberty. Every American, no matter their race or religion, should be concerned about the dangerous precedent of this ruling. Discriminating based on one’s religion is not consistent with our American values.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump temporarily reversed course and ended his Administration’s zero-tolerance child separation policy that is tearing families apart at the southern border:
“We should not congratulate the President on being forced to end his own cruel policy that separates children from their families. Thousands of children have suffered and will forever be scarred by the Trump Administration’s inhumane separation of families.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration continues its zero-tolerance child separation policy that is tearing families apart at the southern border:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after President Trump said that the United States will not endorse a G7 communique:
For Seventh Year in a Row, Kildee and Staff Give up Food and Water for a Day to Gain Deeper Understanding of the Meaning of Ramadan
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with his congressional staff in Washington, D.C., will fast in solidarity Wednesday with Muslims in Michigan and around the world in observance of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting during which Muslims may not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement:
“President Trump’s dangerous decision to tear up the Iran agreement puts America’s national security at risk and opens up a path for Iran to build a nuclear weapon. In making this decision, the President has ignored the facts and rejected the advice of top military and foreign policy experts.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after U.S. and allied forces conducted military strikes in Syria: