National Security and Foreign Relations

Our federal government has no greater role than to provide for our national defense, and Congresswoman Stefanik takes seriously Congress’s responsibility to oversee defense and foreign policy. Our country continues to face serious, complex, and growing national security challenges around the world, in space, and in cyberspace. New York’s 21st district plays an integral role in protecting the United States against these threats. Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed division in the U.S. Army, and Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to ensuring our soldiers at Fort Drum have the training and resources necessary to complete their mission.

Current threats include a nuclear armed North Korea or Iran; China asserting itself economically and militarily; and an aggressive and expansionist Russia. The constant specter of terrorism also poses a risk to the future of the United States and our place in the world. It is imperative we protect our nation, always fulfill our commitments to our allies, and work with our regional partners to confront our adversaries, protect our interests, and expand our influence.   

As the chairwoman of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to protecting our national security. As the subcommittee chair, she is responsible for overseeing counter-terrorism programs and initiatives countering proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, she has an oversight role of U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information technology and programs, force protection policy and oversight, and related intelligence support. Her role is critical to ensuring our nation is protected against terrorist attacks and unconventional threats.

Congresswoman Stefanik believes in using the legislative system and a broad set of tools to achieve our foreign policy goals. Through collaboration with her colleagues, government agencies, and a variety of other organizations we can develop appropriate policy that best protects America at home and secures our interests abroad.

For more information concerning the Congresswoman’s work and her views related to national security and foreign policy, please contact our office.

National Defense Focused Legislation

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 2621, Strengthening Security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Act

H.R. 3261, North Korea Follow the Money Act

H.R. 2820, Fight Russian Corruption Act

H.R. 2856, Combating Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Act

H.R. 1697, Israel Anti-Boycott Act

H. Res. 92, Condemning North Korea Development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Resolution

H. Res. 357, Reaffirming the Strategic Partnership between the United States and Canada

List of Relevant Caucuses

Army Caucus

EOD Caucus

UAV Caucus

Israel Caucus

Cybersecurity Caucus


More on National Security and Foreign Relations

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement on Speaker’s Pelosi’s War Powers Resolution:

January 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the bipartisan Secure 5G and Beyond Act, a bill she co-led alongside U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01), Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08). This legislation would protect next-generation telecommunications systems and mobile infrastructure in the United States by requiring the administration to develop an unclassified national strategy to protect U.S.

December 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement on the upcoming House vote to impeach President Donald Trump:

“As a Member of Congress who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I oppose impeachment of President Trump,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s strong support. Stefanik has been selected as a Conferee each year since her first term in Congress to negotiate the legislation with the Senate. Over the last several months, she has worked to turn the NDAA into a bipartisan bill that gives our military service members the support and resources they need.

December 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a bipartisan letter expressing support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year to Speaker Pelosi. The USMCA is a signed, but not ratified, free trade agreement and is a result of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The letter highlights the fact that the impeachment inquiry has delayed consideration of USMCA.

November 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On November 21, 2019, Defense Logistics Agency announced that it will no longer seek to renegotiate its contract with ReEnergy. ReEnergy is a 60-megawatt facility that generates 422,000 megawatt hours per year and is located on Fort Drum, providing the installation with 100% energy independence. DLA awarded a 20-year contract to Fort Drum in 2014 and the installation will continue to be a leader in alternative energy efficiency through the mid-2030s.

October 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney and over 90 of her Republican colleagues to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

October 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As members of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO-6), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7), and Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6) returned this morning from a bipartisan congressional delegation trip to Turkey, Afghanistan, and the Syrian-Jordanian border.  

The Members said: