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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

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was reappointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the 116th Congress by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is now the Ranking Member on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. She will serve alongside Chairman Jim Langevin (D-RI.)

January 3, 2018 In The News
July 5, 2017 In The News
July 3, 2017 In The News
April 18, 2017 In The News
February 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Vice-Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, joined Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19) and Mike Turner (R-OH-10) as an original cosponsor of the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016.