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National Security and Foreign Policy

As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I support policies that preserve the United States’ positive influence and leadership in relations with our allies, in addressing challenges with our adversaries, and in helping set international policies in global forums. Our goal in foreign policy must always be to keep America safe today, as well as work to craft a sustainable, forward-looking policy that can ensure our security and prosperity for years to come.

As the international system continues to evolve from the bipolar world of the last half-century to one of multiple influential powers, the U.S. must also continue to combine a strategic defense policy with diplomacy and development. At the same time, we must focus on sustaining and enhancing our economic strength, as stability at home will translate into continued influence and investment around the world.

 

 No Nuclear Weapons for Iran, Now or In the Future

I believe one of the greatest threats to our national security and one of our biggest foreign policy challenges is Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. It is imperative that the United States and the international community permanently block any and all paths for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons capability.  This includes dismantling Iran’s enrichment infrastructure, eliminating Iran’s capability to produce plutonium, such as the Arak heavy water facility, and ending Iran’s nuclear militarization programs.

 

Peace and Security for Israel

I came to Congress as a life-long friend of Israel. I first visited Israel in 1983 and have returned more than a dozen times.  I know that there is no more important strategic partner for the United States in the Middle East than Israel.

My position on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has provided me the opportunity to be a leading voice advocating for a strong U.S.-Israel partnership, fulfilling my commitment to ensuring that this critical relationship remains strong, steadfast, and secure.

 

Greece and Cyprus

For many residents of the Tenth District, concern for Greece is not just about
 foreign policy, it’s about friends, family, and heritage.

As a member of Congress, I have been a strong voice promoting a strong partnership
between the United States, Greece and our other European allies.  I am also proud to be a founding member of the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance.

For more than 40 years, Cyprus has been divided, with nearly one-third of its territory occupied by Turkish forces. I support the United Nations’ calls to Turkey to remove forces from Cyprus and allow for a settlement to take place.

 

Ukraine, Russia and Crimea

Russia’s move to occupy and then annex Crimea is wrong and cannot be allowed to stand. Crimea is a complex situation, with a long history and deep connections to both Russia and Ukraine. But international laws and norms matter, and Russia’s actions violate both.

I support the Ukraine Support Act that, in addition to imposing sanctions against the Russian occupation, would provide economic aid to Ukraine and support for Ukrainian development of democratic institutions.

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