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
More on National Security and Foreign Relations
Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Vice-Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, joined Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19) and Mike Turner (R-OH-10) as an original cosponsor of the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s veto of the bipartisan FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee and Vice Chair for the Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016, was passed by the full House by a bipartisan vote of 269-151.
Washington –Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) led the effort to have the entire New York Congressional delegation send a letter today to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter highlighting the importance of Fort Drum and the need to protect this installation from drastic cuts to our nation’s military under sequestration and the Budget Control Act. The lawmakers wrote:
Fort Drum was the last stop for the three New York lawmakers who hit the road yesterday to strengthen their arguments against cuts in military spending. Republican Representatives Elise Stefanik, John Katko, and Richard Hanna toured the base to show that support for Fort Drum extends beyond New York's North Country.