Foreign Policy and National Security

Twice during the last century, America stood idly by as the world drifted towards war. Rather than avoiding foreign entanglements, American inaction only raised the costs once we were inevitably dragged into the conflict. After WWII, leaders who had experienced the devastation and tragedy of war firsthand wisely decided that America needed to remain globally engaged and present overseas in order to defend our allies and our interests. More than seven decades later, we’ve seen the consequences when United States retreats from the world stage. From the Middle East to Asia, America’s enemies are on the march as the result of a feckless foreign policy that accommodated our adversaries and alienated our allies. We must reverse this trend, and once again support our friends while standing up to our adversaries in order to restore U.S. global leadership.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 3342 - Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act
  • H.R. 4569 - Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act
  • H.R. 6475 - To require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • H. Res. 1029 - Reaffirming the United States-Australia diplomatic, security, and economic relationship.

  • H. Res. 1053 - Supporting renaming NATO Headquarters after the late United States Senator John Sidney McCain III

Co-Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 1698 Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act
  • H.R. 4681 No Assistance for Assad Act
  • H.R. 4591 Preventing Iranian Destabilization of Iraq Act
  • H.R. 4553 - Terrorist Screening and Targeting Review Act
  • H.R. 4555 - DHS Interagency Counterrorism Task Force Act
  • H.R. 4564 Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act
  • H.R. 1677 - Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act
  • H.R. 4027 Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act
  • H.R. 380 IRGC Terrorist Designation Act
  • H.R. 1164 - Taylor Force Act
  • H.R. 380 - IRGC Terrorist Designation Act
  • H.R. 3673 - Protecting Against Tyranny and Responsible Imports Act (PATRIA)
  • H.R. 1697 - Israel Anti-Boycott Act
  • H.R. 2586 - Combating BDS Act
  • H.R. 5141 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018
  • H.R. 5132 - Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act
  • H.R. 5105- BUILD Act of 2018
  • H.R. 4821 - Iran Freedom Policy and Sanctions Act
  • H.R. 4311 - Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017
  • H. Res. 259 - Expressing Concern and Condemnation Over the Political, Economic, Social, and Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
  • H. Res. 92 - Condemning North Korea’s Development of Multiple Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
  • H. Res. 11 - Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an Obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
  • H. Res. 786 - Condemning the chemical weapons attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer, and his daughter on March 4, 2018, and extending its sympathies to those affected by the attack, and for other purposes.
  • H. Res. 684 - Objecting to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/ES-10/19, which criticizes the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
  • H. Res. 274 - Condemning the Government of Iran's state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.
  • H. Res 967 - Expressing support for the designation of October 23 as a national day of remembrance of the tragic 1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • H.R. 5105 - BUILD Act of 2018

Caucus Membership:

  • Friends of Australia Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Counter-Terrorism Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus
  • Dutch Congressional Caucus
  • Friends of Finland Caucus
  • The Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus
  • Iraq Caucus
  • Kurdistan American Congressional Caucus


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Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 335, a bill that would exempt General Lloyd Austin, President Biden's nominee to serve as Secretary of Defense, from restrictions that prevent recently retired military officers from leading the Pentagon.

January 19, 2021 Press Release
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December 18, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), HASC Ranking Member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), incoming HASC Ranking Member Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), and HASC Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – all members of the House Armed Services Committee – today issued a joint statement highlighting the critical provisions in the FY 2021 NDAA that will bolster America’s cybersecurity defenses. 

December 8, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a member of the NDAA Conference Committee, today released the following statement after the House passed the NDAA Conference Report by a vote of 335 to 78 to 1.
November 20, 2020 Press Release
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November 18, 2020 Press Release
This evening, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) was selected by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral NDAA Conference Committee. The committee will work to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense.
October 28, 2020 Press Release
Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Thomas Souzzi (D-NY) today led a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging the Administration to fully implement sanctions under the Shields Act. The Shields Act, which passed the House under unanimous consent and was signed into law on December 21, 2018, requires the Administration to impose sanctions on any individuals complicit in the Hizballah's and Hamas' use of human shields, among other measures.
October 22, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) today announced they will introduce the Chinese Communist Party Influence Transparency Act, which would close loopholes that allow lobbyists for Chinese companies to avoid registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The bill comes after Rep. Gallagher and Sen.

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