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.90 – 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.

H.Res. 81 - Expressing the opposition of the House of Representataives of providing the vaccination for COVID-19 for detainees at the detention facility at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before American citizens receive such vaccination. 

H.R. 954 - To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on certain Federal funding made available to entities located in the People's Republic of Chia or majority owned or controlled by the Chinese Communist Party

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.Res.71 - Honoring and thanking the members of the National Guard who were deployed to the District of Columbia and the National Capital region in support of civil authorities for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Devi Harris as 49th Vice President of the United States

H.R.374 - World Health Organization Accountability Act

H.Res.118 - Expressing support for the Iranian people's desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran and condemning violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government

H.R.261 - Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2021

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

June 11, 2021 Press Release
Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) today sent a letter to House Appropriations Chair Betty McCollum and Ranking Member Ken Calvert requesting full funding for missile defense programs in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.
May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joins Congressman Steve Scalise, Leader Kevin McCarthy, and 209 House Republicans in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi demanding Congress investigate the origins of COVID-19.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following President Biden's announcement regarding sanctions on Russia.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

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March 12, 2021 Press Release

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Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik delivered the following opening statement at a joint subcommittee hearing with the House Oversight & Reform Subcommittee on National Security on “Final Recommendations of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.”

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik reintroduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act. This bill would counter espionage and influence operations at American colleges and universities by allowing the designation and removal of hostile actors that are deemed a foreign intelligence threat to higher education by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It would also require foreign gifts and contracts at institutions of higher education to be disclosed. Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following statement:

March 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik helped introduce the Agriculture Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act. This legislation would ensure the Secretary of Agriculture is fully informed of all imminent domestic and foreign threats against American agriculture.

February 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - This morning, Congresswoman Stefanik joined the Northern New York-Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) for their semi-annual breakfast business meeting, to discuss legislative defense priorities for 2021.

February 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and House Republicans sent a letter to President Biden urging that he does not re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

February 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - This week, Congresswoman Stefanik was appointed to two new subcommittee assignments on the House Armed Services Committee for the 117th Congress. She issued the following announcement: