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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

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

June 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement on the recent acts of aggression by Iran:

June 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made the following statement on the release of an updated National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan for 2019:

June 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has successfully secured numerous critical wins for the North Country in today’s FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Markup. Fort Drum, military families, veterans, small businesses, and the North Country economy as a whole will benefit significantly from the FY20 NDAA when it passes on the House floor.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has reintroduced the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act with Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), a bipartisan bill to extend the time Canadians who own or lease a home in the United States can travel within the United States by two months. Current U.S. law limits the amount of time a Canadian visitor may spend in the U.S. to 182 days per year. 

June 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik penned an op-ed for the Sun Community News about her efforts in Congress to combat Russian interference. The Special Counsel’s investigation concluded there were widespread hacking and meddling attempts in our elections.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, The Hill’s opinion contributors wrote an op-ed highlighting the important, bipartisan work the House is doing to combat Russian interference, including my legislation – the Honest Ads Act.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – During this week’s markup of the FY2020 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s requests regarding Fort Drum’s Railhead and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Hangar were passed. Congresswoman Stefanik met with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper in March of this year to request that the Railhead be a top priority for the Army. Shortly after, the Army submitted an Unfunded Requirements (UFR) for military construction in FY20 with the railhead as their top infrastructure priority.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik continued her staunch advocacy for the Department of Defense to make their long-overdue decision on a location for an East Coast Missile Defense Site, and for the designation of Fort Drum as the site.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Letter Comes After Department Announced Plans to Divert CBP Officers from Northern Border to Southern Border

March 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In light of the news that ISIS no longer controls any physical territory, Congresswoman Stefanik released the below statement. As Chairwoman and now Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Congresswoman Stefanik has played a key role in establishing policies, executing oversight, and supporting the troops critical to the success of the counter-ISIS mission.