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

April 28, 2015 Press Release

Includes $460 Million for Military Construction and Key Infrastructure Investment


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Congressman Mark Takai released the following statement about the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) draft, which both members worked to include provisions critical to Hawai‘i.

March 5, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today joined Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02) and National Public Radio Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman for a discussion on “Women and Leadership in National Security” hosted by the Center for a New American Security.
 
March 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement after voting to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security:

 

February 27, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Foreign Affairs during a legislative markup today approved without objection North Korean sanctions co-sponsored by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02). 
 
The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 757) requires the President to impose targeted sanctions on people or entities in other countries that contribute directly or indirectly to weapons development, arms trafficking, money laundering, and human rights abuses in North Korea.
 
January 6, 2015 Press Release


Passes Bill to Promote Hiring Veterans, Co-Sponsors Bill for Native Hawaiian Housing Assistance

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