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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.

 

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June 10, 2021 Press Release
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, along with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E.
May 28, 2021 Press Release

“A budget is a true statement of priorities and values. President Biden’s budget demonstrates he is committed to fighting for working-class families, not the wealthiest Americans. The President’s proposed budget makes critical investments to end this pandemic, rebuild our economy and protect the Great Lakes. 

May 19, 2021 Press Release

"On January 6, hundreds of Americans supporting former President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election. It was the worst attack on our Capitol since British troops set fire to the building in 1814. It interrupted the execution of Congress’ constitutional duty to certify the election, put Members of Congress, staff, and others in danger, and resulted in hundreds of injuries to police officers and the death of at least one Capitol Police officer.

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today advocated for fair trade deals that allow Michigan workers to compete on a level playing field.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

“Reports that workers at the General Motors plant in Silao, Mexico were intimidated, threatened, and had their union ballots thrown out are deeply troubling. We strongly support the U.S. Trade Representative’s actions today to proactively use the agreement’s enforcement mechanisms. 

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, along with Representatives Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, today sent a letter General Motors (GM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Barra, regarding 

April 29, 2021 Press Release

“President Biden inherited a nation in crisis, including a raging pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But with just 100 days in office, President Biden has already delivered results for the American people to defeat COVID-19 and get our economy back on track.

April 24, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, issued the following statement in response to reports

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act to prohibit discrimination based on religion and limit the ability of the executive branch to issue overly broad travel bans. 

March 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTONCongressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with other Republican and Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, today sent a letter to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau demanding immediate action to ensure that approximately 1,000 Michigan servi