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

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.

July 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik participated in a House Armed Services Committee Hearing with General Milley and Secretary Esper, entitled “DOD Authorities on Civil Law Enforcement.” The Committee received an update from the Department of Defense on DoD’s authorities and roles related to Civilian Law Enforcement.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act. Due to the continued persecution and oppression of Hong Kongers by the Chinese Communist Party, they have been consistently protesting for their freedom. Recently, the Chinese government approved a resolution that would ban secession, the subversion of state power, terrorism, foreign intervention, and allows for the CCP’s security agencies to operate within the city. This law will broaden CCP control over Hong Kong, and effectively end Hong Kong’s special status.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As Ranking Member of Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has secured critical wins for Fort Drum, our troops, military families, and the North Country as a whole in today's 14-hour markup of the FY2021 NDAA.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s stellar record on the House Intelligence Committee:

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities, today gave opening remarks on the first day of the NDAA Markup:

June 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wrote an op-ed for the Daily Signal entitled: Despite COVID-19, US Can’t Afford to Cut Defense Spending.

“As countries across the globe struggle to cope with the human and economic costs of COVID-19, it is of grave concern that some in the United States have advocated for cuts to defense spending in order to focus on the response to the virus. This is a false choice.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following today’s White House briefing:

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.