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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.


More on National Security and International Relations

January 7, 2022 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the resignation of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and reports of deadly violence against civilians:

December 23, 2021 Press Release

“Michigan workers can compete with anyone if they are given a level playing field. Unfortunately, the Chinese communist government uses unfair trade practices and brutally oppresses minorities, including using the Uyghur people as slave labor. These human rights abuses are completely unacceptable and give Chinese products an unfair competitive advantage. I applaud President Biden on signing this bipartisan legislation into law. It will ensure that products from China are not made with forced labor, upholding our democratic values and leveling the playing field for Michigan workers.

December 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, supported by Democrats and Republicans, to address China’s human rights abuses. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would block all goods from Xinjiang region being imported to the U.S. unless there is clear and convincing evidence that specific goods were not made with forced labor.

November 15, 2021 Press Release

“The Biden Administration must continue to speak out against gross human rights violations happening in China, including the genocide in Xinjiang. The Uyghur people are being subjected to slave labor, imprisonment and forced assimilation. These violations also continue to undermine American workers who compete with products made with slave labor. President Biden can stand with American workers by enforcing existing trade laws to confront unfair trade practices and ban the importation of products made with forced labor. We must enforce current U.S.

October 25, 2021 Press Release

“I strongly condemn the forced removal of Sudan’s transitional government by the country’s military forces, including Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The Sudanese military must understand that its actions are completely unacceptable and will have major consequences when it comes to Sudan’s relations with the United States and other countries around the world.

October 4, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), urging the Biden administration to take enforcement action against China for failing to meet its purchasing commitments under past trade agreements.

August 26, 2021 Press Release

“My heart goes out to the families of the U.S. servicemembers killed and injured in today’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan. We also mourn the loss of innocent Afghan civilians. 

“In recent days, American servicemembers and our allies have airlifted 100,000 citizens from Afghanistan in an unprecedented, dangerous and courageous mission. Our men and women in uniform are risking their own lives to save others and have demonstrated courage and resolve in their mission.

August 19, 2021 Press Release

“We welcome today’s election results from the GM auto plant in Silao, Mexico as critical proof that vigorous enforcement of labor standards in our trade agreements can begin to dismantle some of the pervasive obstacles to freedom of association and other workers’ rights.

August 15, 2021 Press Release

“The United States must continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of American citizens and service members still in Afghanistan. The Taliban must know that the world is watching its treatment of Afghan citizens, especially women and girls.  

July 8, 2021 Press Release

“For trade agreements to actually protect workers and the environment, they must be enforced. We sought to address this problem with the first-of-its-kind Rapid Response Mechanism in the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. In the case of the General Motors facility in Silao, President Biden and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai showed their steadfast commitment to acting swiftly to address violations of our trade agreement. We are encouraged by today’s announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached a remediation plan.