Congress has a constitutional role in the country’s interactions with foreign nations. In an exceedingly complex but integrated world, foreign policy is more important than ever. President Trump’s America first policy has led to the strengthening of the country. The United States is the greatest country in the world and the only real global power. It is far past time that we acted like it and stopped apologizing. The time has come for America to lead.
Unlike what the media would have you believe, Conservatism is spreading throughout the world. The election of Boris Johnson and Brexit are proof that the world is getting tired of the push for progressive, far-left values. My purpose is the continue the fight to keep America first in our foreign policy.
Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement
The Paris Agreement was entered without Congressional approval and would not have any significant on the climate, costing the United States approximately $25,000,000,000 and 2,700,000 jobs by 2025. In 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. This past November was our first opportunity to withdraw officially. I co-sponsored H. Res. 676 that would submit official resignation of the Paris Agreement.
Termination of Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a designated ally
I co-sponsored a bill to terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally. The Haqqani Network is an extremely dangerous insurgent group with significant ties to the Taliban operating out of Pakistan. This bill is designed to make sure the president and Congress take steps to eliminate Pakistan’s assistance with this terrorist organization.
Supporting India in recent attacks
In February 2019, a suicide bomber killed 40 Indians in the Pulwama District, near Kashmir. The terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad is based in Pakistan. I co-sponsored H. Res. 261 condemning this attack, honoring the 40 Indian paramilitary force members who lost their lives. This resolution also recognizes the threat Jaish-e-Mohammad poses to the region and calls on the Pakistani government to end its support of these internationally recognized terrorist organizations.
Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2019
Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations, and to extend its power to the entire planet.” Sayyid Qutb, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the mid-20th century, wanted to extend Sharia law throughout the entire globe. Many groups connected to the Muslim Brotherhood are terrorist organizations and the top Muslim countries consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. All these reasons and more are why the United States should classify the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In May 2019, I co-sponsored H. Res. 2412 requesting the Secretary of State to make this classification in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Standing with Israel
As our strongest ally in the Middle East, it is in the vital interest of the United States to stand together with Israel against a rising tide of extremism. Our two nations must show the courage necessary to thwart terrorist organizations like ISIS and to make the hard choices necessary to ensure peace. I am a member of the bipartisan United States Israel Allies Caucus. I am also an ardent supporter of Israel, and I have taken numerous actions to support this country during my time in Congress. I have voted in favor of all legislation and amendments that have come to the House floor that would protect and support Israel.
Most recently, I co-sponsored a bill that opposes the BDS Movement. The Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement, as our bill states, promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment, and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace and a two-state solution. H. Res. 246 urges Israelis and Palestinians to return to direct negotiations. The anti-Semitic BDS movement has also made its way into our schools, as foreign funds and biased teaching is influencing our young professionals rather than providing them with an honest representation of the world. In February, I sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to investigate the use of Title VI funding by the University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies to promote pro-BDS teachings. The University of Arizona, and all Arizona institutions for higher education, are the crown jewel of our state and shape the next generation of American private and public leaders. Using government funds to fund this biased teaching does not comply with government rules and hurts the reputations of our institutions, and I continue to push for oversight to protect this esteemed tradition.
I have led and supported multiple measures to strengthen our ties with Israel through both military and economic partnerships. These efforts include: Passing multiple amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act in support of Israel’s inherent right to self-defense against regional aggression; H.Res.485, expressing solidarity with the people of Israel in the wake of terrorist attacks and condemning the Palestinian Authority for inciting violence; H.Res.551, recognizing the importance of the US-Israel economic relationship and encouraging new areas of cooperation;H.Res.729, expressing support for a new Memorandum of Understanding on military assistance to Israel. These are just a handful of examples in which I have stood with the Israeli people. Rest assured that as your Congressman, I will continue to support Israel and seek peace through strength.
I have been a consistent supporter of sanctions against Iran, one of the greatest threats to Israel. Sanctions are a crucial tool to limit the power of Iran and the terrorist organizations that it supports, including Hamas and Hezbollah. I voted in favor of increased sanctions each time they were brought before the House and these sanctions crippled the Iranian economy and crushed their currency, the rial. Perhaps the strongest of those bills was H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, from the 113th Congress. That bill increased terrorism and human rights sanctions, economic and financial sanctions, and promoted divestment from Iranian companies.
Recently, I co-sponsored H.Res. 374, Condemning Iranian state-sponsored terrorism and expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran. This resolution calls on European allies to help hold Iran accountable and stands with peaceful Iranian protestors who are holding Iran’s corrupt and oppressive regime accountable.
I fought adamantly against the disastrous Iran Deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rightfully called a “historic mistake.” The deal lifts sanctions almost immediately rather than tying them to verifiable progress; it does not allow for a sufficient inspections regime; fails to curb Iran’s ballistic missile program; and allows Iran to keep its advanced centrifuges. Further, the arms embargo will become porous in the near term and will be completely lifted in five years—all while freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. We also learned that the U.S. flew $400 million in ransom money to Iran as part of the hostage negotiation. Each of these provisions makes this so called ‘deal’ unacceptable. For these reasons, I was proud to join the House in voting against approval of the proposed Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, by a vote of 269-162; voting in favor of restricting President Obama from lifting current sanctions against Iran, by a vote of 247-186; and voting 245-186 to find that the Obama broke the law by not disclosing multiple side agreements. CLICK HERE to read more.