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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January 9, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today issued the following statement after the House passed H. Con. Res. 83 by a vote of 224 to 194.

December 13, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), today introduced the Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act. This bill would create a new designation, “Significant Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs),” which has more stringent sanctions than the current transnational criminal organization designation.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today issued the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 by a vote of 377-48. Rep. Gallagher serves on the House Armed Services Committee, which is responsible for drafting the NDAA.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday introduced H.R. 5369, the Supporting Mexico Against Corruption (SMAC) Act. This bill would combat corruption by requiring the President to impose Magnitsky Sanctions on individuals in the Mexican government that the U.S. Treasury Department has “credible evidence” engaged in corrupt activities outlined by the Global Magnitsky Act. Under the SMAC Act, the President would have 120 days to implement these sanctions.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Mark Green (R-TN), and Jackie Speier (D-CA), today introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019. This bill would prohibit the federal government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, such as China. Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced companion legislation the U.S. Senate.

November 7, 2019 Columns

The Hill

By Mike Gallagher

November 7, 2019

October 9, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), alongside Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), and other Members of Congress, today sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing concerns over the league’s response to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. The bipartisan, bicameral letter also warns of the threat capitulating to Chinese Communist Party censorship sets for free speech among other multinational groups and corporations.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today released the following joint statement regarding the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China:

September 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after President Trump announced that the United States and Japan have signed a trade-enhancement agreement impacting agricultural, industrial, and digital trade. The agreement is the first step in a broader trade agreement with Japan, and will reduce tariff barriers and open up Japanese markets to over $7 billion in U.S. products when implemented.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today testified before the House Judiciary Committee on his bill H.R.1522, the Congressional and Executive Foreign Lobbying Ban Act.

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