Fair Shot Agenda Pillar: Safety
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ensuring our national security and strong U.S. leadership abroad are among my top priorities. From advocating for an end to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, to tackling China’s predatory economic practices, there is no shortage of threats that must be addressed. I am dedicated to protecting America’s interests both at home and abroad, and keeping Hoosiers safe.
As we pursue negotiations with the Taliban and work to end our involvement in Afghanistan, Congress must be a part of the process to ensure that our mission is brought to a responsible end. I co-led the Ensuring a Durable Afghanistan Peace Act of 2019 (S. 2953) to provide congressional oversight of the comprehensive Afghanistan peace process.
Global corruption is often at the root of conflict, humanitarian suffering, and political crises. I am proud to co-lead the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019 (S. 1309) to fight international corruption and hold those in power responsible for their actions.
It is imperative that Congress closely protect its war-declaring powers. I co-led bipartisan legislation (S.J. Res. 13) to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Additionally, since 2017, I have advocated for a new AUMF targeting ISIS.
To bolster our national security tools, we need to strengthen our rules governing individuals who work on behalf of foreign entities. I joined a group of Senators to do just that by introducing the Foreign Agents Disclosure and Registration Enhancement Act of 2019 (S. 1762) aimed at ensuring public awareness of lobbying campaigns pushed by foreign powers.
I helped introduce and secure passage of the BUILD Act (S. 2463), which forms a new international development organization to promote economic growth in developing countries and counter China’s economic aggression through U.S. business investment, which will also save taxpayers $20 million.
As we counter a rising China, it is imperative we have a sound strategy and work with partners. I helped introduce and secure passage of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (S. 2736), helping develop a long-term and strategic U.S. policy for Indo-Pacific region.
Malign actors continue to seek to undermine America’s security and the security and interests of our allies. I voted to pass the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364), which contained measures I helped introduce to reduce the threat from Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
America’s health efforts in Africa and elsewhere are among the greatest achievements in U.S. foreign policy history. I led the global fight against AIDS/HIV through co-sponsoring and supporting the passage of the PEPFAR Extension Act (S. 3476), ensuring funding for this life-saving health program continues.
Fragile states can often become threats to U.S. national security because their governments are seen as ineffective or illegitimate by their citizens. I was the lead Republican supporter of the Global Fragility Act (S. 727), which improves the capacity of the United States to reduce and address the causes of violence and instability around the world.
The Maduro regime has created a humanitarian crisis and turned the proud nation of Venezuela into a land of deep suffering. I fought to improve the ongoing crisis by helping introduce the comprehensive, bipartisan Venezuela Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance and Development (VERDAD) Act (S. 1025), which increases humanitarian assistance and combats the ability of the Maduro regime to oppress freedom-seeking Venezuelans.
America’s national security interests and humanitarian principles demand that when ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and genocide occur that the United States boldly and clearly call them by name and seek to hold the perpetrators accountable. I stood up for human rights in Burma as the lead Republican co-sponsor of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2019 (S. 1186), which imposes targeted sanctions on those responsible for human rights atrocities and encourages Burma’s transition of power to a civilian government.
I carried on the Hoosier tradition of leading on arms reduction as the lead Republican co-sponsor of the Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian Nuclear Forces (S. 2394), calling for an extension of the New START arms control treaty with Russia.
Predatory economic practices by China and other strategic competitors has the potential to weaken America’s national security and prosperity. We must combat these predatory practices by working together with our like-minded partners and allies around the globe. I am working to assure America’s economy is prepared for global challengers by introducing the Global Economic Security Strategy (S. 2826), which requires current and future administrations regularly produce a strategy for the United States to withstand international predatory economic practices.
Hoosiers support the President’s boldness to stand up to China, but we need other countries to start doing their part to escalate the economic pressure against China as well. I am leading in the fight against China’s malign activities as an original co-sponsor of the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019 (2547), requiring the United States seeking economic and security partnerships with regional allies to address the rise of China.
In order for the United States to better understand how China is undermining organizations like the United Nations, I introduced legislation requiring the Intelligence Community report (S. 2528) on Chinese influence in international organizations.
I led the global fight against terrorists organizations seeking to undermine American interests by co-sponsoring and supporting passage of the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018 (S. 1595), which imposes targeted sanctions on foreign individuals that support Hizbollah.
Maternal and child mortality directly affects every society. I helped introduce the bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1766) to direct the President to establish a five-year strategy to end preventable child and maternal deaths worldwide.
Every year, a defense authorization is the most important bill the Senate takes up. I sought to address the urgent need to re-invest in our armed forces and provide clarity to our defense industrial base in two consecutive National Defense Authorization Acts. Specifically, I led measures in these bills that:
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|S.2547||Cosponsored — Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019|
A bill to provide congressional oversight of United States talks with Taliban officials and Afghanistan's comprehensive peace process.
A bill to require a global economic security strategy, and for other purposes.
A bill to require the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a report on the purpose, scope, and means of expanded Chinese influence in international organizations, and for other purposes.
A bill to prevent, treat, and cure tuberculosis globally.
A bill to require certain reports and briefings to Congress relating to the expiration of the New START Treaty, and for other purposes.
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
|S.1781||Cosponsored — A bill to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2020 through 2022 to provide assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras through bilateral compacts to increase protection of women and children in their homes and communities and reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault.|
|S.1762||Cosponsored — A bill to amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 to provide the Attorney General with greater authority to promote enforcement and disclosure requirements for agents of foreign principals, and for other purposes.|
|S.1766||Cosponsored — A bill to implement policies to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally.|