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 Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

HR 8058 – Chinese Research Funds Accounting Act

H.Res.909 – Supporting an international investigation into the handling by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of COVID-19 and the impact thereof on the people of the United States and other nations.

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

 

HR 7361 – Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act  

HR 6613 – Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative

HR 3626 – United States-United Kingdom Directed Energy Cooperation Act

HR 3185 – Defense Language Improvement Act

HR 2060 – Ensuring a Secure Afghanistan Act

HR 1850 – Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act

HR 1404 – Vladimir Putin Transparency Act

HR 889 – United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act  

HR 336 – Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act  

List of Relevant Caucuses

Army Caucus

EOD Caucus

UAV Caucus

Israel Caucus

Cybersecurity Caucus

 

More on National Security and Foreign Relations

December 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, respectively, released the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s reported plan to separate the “dual-hat” appointment of the Commander of United States Cyber Command serving concurrently as the Director of the National Security Agency.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations package that passed the House and the Senate. 

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, has released the below statement following reports of cyber espionage targeting America’s nuclear infrastructure and the federal government:

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Congresswoman 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 ensure that the NDAA is a bipartisan bill that provides our military with the support and resources they need.

November 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been selected by Leader McCarthy to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral House-Senate conference committee tasked with resolving the differences and ensuring successful passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is her sixth consecutive year chosen as a conferee.

August 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the Transparency in Chinese Government Investment Act, legislation to ensure that companies listing on U.S. exchanges are transparent about any connection to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP.)

August 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement on today’s announcement of normalized relations between the UAE and Israel:

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Over the past few months, she has played a leading role with her House colleagues on passing the NDAA to give our military and service members the resources they need. 

July 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today spoke on the House floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. She highlighted key themes and provisions that are important to United States interests and the interests of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.