Protecting Our National Security Interests & Defense

As a soldier and a veteran, Tulsi has seen the true cost of war firsthand. She is acutely aware of the tremendous toll that over 15 years of ongoing conflict have had on our service members, veterans, military families and our country’s resources. One of the main reasons Tulsi sought election to Congress was to stop our country's leaders from sending our young men and women into harm's way unless absolutely necessary.  As a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, co-chair of the bipartisan Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus and one of the first combat veterans in Congress, Tulsi is committed to ending the cycle of counterproductive, regime-change wars that have cost our nation so much. 

“One of the main reasons I sought election to Congress was to stop our country's leaders from sending our young men and women into harm's way unless absolutely necessary.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Ending Counterproductive, Regime-Change Wars
In Iraq, Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has continued to get bogged down in fighting regime change wars that have caused untold suffering and instability in the Middle East.  At the same time, our leaders have neglected our primary mission of defeating those who attacked us on 9/11 and who continue to threaten and wage war against us today. 

Today in Syria, the U.S. is waging two contradictory wars:  The first is the war to defeat ISIS—a war we must take seriously and must win. The second is the counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad—an illegal war that Congress has not authorized and which we must end.

In 2011, the United States began a covert military campaign to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad in an alliance with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and some of the Gulf States.  As a result of that regime change war, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions have fled their homes as refugees.  Furthermore, we have seen ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations strengthened, presenting an even greater threat to the Middle East and the world.

Tulsi has introduced the  legislation to end this illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad, so we can end this war that’s causing so much suffering, and focus all of our military efforts and resources on defeating our enemy—ISIS and other jihadist groups. 


Addressing the North Korea Nuclear Threat
North Korea continues to pose a serious and dangerous threat to the United States and to communities and families in Hawaiʻi, who are within range of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. To deal with this threat, Tulsi is working to strengthen the capabilities of our Pacific forces, stop the downward trend in our investment in ballistic missile defense development and strengthen our missile defense capabilities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Tulsi passed several amendments in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act to improve our ability to detect missile threats to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. In addition, she cosponsored and worked to pass strong sanctions against North Korea to respond to their ongoing provocations.

 

More on Protecting Our National Security Interests & Defense

December 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following her votes in favor of the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending and tax extender legislative packages. The tax extender package passed with a vote of 318-109.  The omnibus funding legislation passed with a vote of 316-113.  Both were considered as amendments to H.R. 2029, which the Senate then took up and passed by a vote of 65-33. The President signed the legislation into law shortly afterward.
 
December 10, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following unanimous approval by the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) on H.R.1654, legislation that she is an original co-sponsor of, that would authorize and expedite providing necessary military equipment, weapons, and ammunition directly to the Kurdish Peshmerga to defeat ISIS:
 
December 9, 2015 Press Release
Welcomes Long-Overdue Improvements To Keep Americans Safe
 
September 24, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-02), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a bipartisan resolution (H.Res.435) with Rep. Duncan Hunter (R, CA-50), recognizing the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as genocide and calling for the United States to prioritize providing refugee status to such persecuted families and individuals.
September 11, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC– Following today’s vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement:

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