Resources - Policy Statements

U.S. Congress

Below are key statements from members of theU.S.  House of Representatives and Senate related to the United States' security relationship with the world.

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Monday, July 6, 2015
McGovern calls for U.S. to hold Bahrain accountable for human rights abuses.English
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Bahrain
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The President’s FY16 budget request for Europe and Eurasia.English
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Europe and Eurasia Regional
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Some of the challenges the Central Asia governments face are of their own making, including widespread corruption, lack of the rule of law and their own human rights records. English
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Central Asia Regional
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The bill will now head to the House floor for consideration. The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations abroad, and health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. English
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Thursday, February 5, 2015
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following text of a letter signed by all members of the Senate Armed Services Committee calling for the urgent provision of military materiel to Jordan required in ongoing operations against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): English
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Jordan
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Friday, January 23, 2015
The United States is troubled by reports of President Hadi and his cabinet’s resignation. At this time, it is critical that all sides avoid violence.English
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Yemen
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Sunday, November 9, 2014
'This Week' Transcript: Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Elect Cory GardnerEnglish
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Iraq
Syria
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Friday, November 7, 2014
Funding Should Be Tied to Broader StrategyEnglish
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Iraq
Syria
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The airstrikes and other actions President Obama is taking against Islamic State deserve bipartisan support. They are beginning to degrade the terrorist group, also known as ISIS, but will not destroy it, for one reason above all: The administration still has no effective policy to remove Bashar Assad from power and end the conflict in Syria.English
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Iraq
Syria
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Friday, August 8, 2014
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Iraq
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery for a hearing on Security Situation in Iraq and Syria: U.S. Policy Options and Implications for the Region English
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Iraq
Syria
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) along with 30 members of the House Armed Services Committee have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to bring the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Mark of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the Senate floor for a vote.English
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"As others during that eloquent colloquy organized by the Presiding Officer observed, much of that drug trade has moved from Colombia to Central America. It is fueled by demand, the same demand that fuels the Colombian gang warfare, from the United States. The demand comes from this country, the demand for those illicit drugs".English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Central America in crisis and the exodus of unaccompanied minors, after receiving testimony from Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State; Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Counselor for International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and Sonia Nazario, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Cynthia J. Arnson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Stephen Johnson, International Republican InstituteEnglish
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
"The problem simply is that we are not devoting the time and the resources--the money--to the interdiction of the big drug shipments coming out of South America into Central America. The administration has to address this issue with regard to going back to what we did so successfully in Plan Colombia".English
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Central America Regional
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
"More support for security in Central America is critical. We need to interdict more drugs. General Kelly, the head of SOUTHCOM, says we let 75 percent of the drugs that come into the United States go by us. We know where they are, but we haven't put the military resources in place to interdict them".English
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Central America Regional
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Senator Leahy commends Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on peace process. He notes "the slow pace of Colombia's justice system in holding accountable members of security forces and paramilitaries who have been implicated in massacres of civilians and other human rights crimes" and asserts that U.S. support for Colombia remains strong.English
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Colombia
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"Senator McCain and I will offer a bill that will hinge U.S. foreign aid to Central American countries on their response to this situation, providing for refugee processing in those countries". Rep. Flake also holds that incentives for children to embark on the dangerous trip north still exist, given that the adminsitration is letting them stay with family members.English
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Central America Regional
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