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

March 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is introducing a Resolution in the House calling for an international investigation into the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the early spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Resolution calls on China to pay back all nations impacted due to China’s intentional, early coverup of the deadly virus.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a cosponsor of the Protecting our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from China Act, legislation that would take precautions to track Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, prohibit purchases from China by the Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense over a two year phase-in, create transparency in the supply chain, and provide incentives for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and device manufacturing in the United States.

March 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following President Trump’s announcement this morning that our Northern Border will be closing to all non-essential travel due to COVID-19, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement:

February 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address:

January 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stefanik is proud to partner with Advocate Drum to launch a local online petition to demonstrate the significant community support for stationing of an Army Corps Headquarters at Fort Drum.

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.