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Foreign Affairs and National Security

It is critical that we maintain America’s role as a leader in the international community. The use of force should always be a last resort and diplomacy must be emphasized in all of our relationships around the world. As a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I understand the importance of working with other countries to find peaceful solutions wherever possible, maintaining a focus on diplomacy, democracy, human rights, and development.

We have the best military in the world and I am dedicated to supporting our troops. It is important, however, to be realistic about our defense spending and what is truly necessary for our national security. Our spending should focus on what our military needs to keep our country safe—like investments in intelligence and cybersecurity—not what makes good politics.

Terrorist attacks and the growth of ISIL across the globe demand action and collaboration with allies. Unfortunately, however, we have also seen an increase in hateful rhetoric toward refugees and immigrants. We must maintain our focus on keeping our nation safe and secure, but we cannot allow discrimination to dictate our nation’s policies. Any refugee seeking to come to the United States must go through an intensive and lengthy screening process. In our nation, diversity makes us stronger. With that strength we must summon our collective humanity to provide a place for refugees, many of whom are women and children, fleeing war and terrorism.

 

 

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July 18, 2018 In The News

Several House Republicans said Wednesday they accepted President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said he saw no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election.

July 18, 2018 In The News

Several House Republicans said Wednesday they accepted President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said he saw no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election.

June 13, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement on President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un:

“I will always support efforts to seek peace rather than wage war, and the dialogue begun at the Singapore Summit may eventually yield positive results. But North Korea has repeatedly failed to uphold prior agreements, and it remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un is truly willing to denuclearize.

June 13, 2018 In The News

House Republicans applauded President Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, but they displayed significantly less confidence than the president that North Korea’s denuclearization is now a foregone conclusion.

June 13, 2018 In The News

Oregon Democrat congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici explains why President Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un does not make sense to her, the concerns she has about the new agreement between the United States and North Korea, the bills in the House to help fight the opioid crisis, and her thoughts on immigration reform. 

June 12, 2018 In The News

PORTLAND, Ore. – After President Donald Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday in Singapore, Oregon political leaders shared their thoughts on the summit.

June 12, 2018 Press Release
"North Korea has repeatedly failed to uphold prior agreements, and it remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un is truly willing to denuclearize. In light of countless violent atrocities and human rights violations, it is dangerous to give legitimacy to Kim and his brutal regime—and lauding an agreement without receiving concrete, verifiable commitments in return may prove foolhardy."
May 16, 2018 In The News

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement after President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. In the statement, Merkley called the move a mistake for enormous proportions for American safety security.

The senator said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a catastrophe, adding that the best way to prevent that would be to “not blow up the deal that is verifiably preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

May 8, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici made the following statement after President Trump announced he is not waiving sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, effectively removing the United States from the Iran Deal.
April 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after a US-led coalition launched airstrikes on Syrian targets.