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, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after President Trump fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, the country’s fourth National Security Adviser in three years:
Bipartisan Resolution Urges Sudan to Respect Human Rights and Transition to Democratic Governance
WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan resolution authored by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, calling on the Sudanese government to transition power to a civilian-led government, respect democratic principles and end all violence against its citizens. H.R. 432, passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 414-1.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) issued the following joint statement after the Trump Administration issued a veto threat for the House’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 (NDAA), citing a provision that phases out dangerous firefighting foam that contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after reports that peaceful protestors were killed in Sudan.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement before the June 30 deadline for the Sudanese Transitional Military Council to transfer power to a civilian-led government. Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called for the Trump Administration to sanction Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, which have used brutal violence against pro-democracy protestors in recent weeks.
Bills Support Efforts to Protect Integrity of Election Systems, Requires Paper Ballots and Helps Defend Against Foreign Interference
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation he co-sponsored to strengthen election infrastructure in Michigan and across the nation.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the census and sent the case back to a lower court:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement today regarding his support of opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct:
“I take my oath of office, including my oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, very seriously. I have been reluctant to use the tool of impeachment, and have always viewed impeachment as a tool of last resort. But the President’s actions have taken us to a moment where I believe Congress must open an impeachment inquiry to defend the rule of law.
Bipartisan House Resolution Urges Sudan to Transition to Democratic Governance and Respect Human Rights
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement today after the release of a redacted copy of Special Counsel Robert’s Mueller’s report: