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Congressman Mike Gallagher

Representing the 8th District of Wisconsin

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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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May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Rep. Mike Gallagher, joined by Reps. Cheney, Hartzler, King (NY), Diaz-Balart, Weber, Meadows, Budd, and Gaetz introduced H. Res 390 to mark the one-year anniversary of the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This resolution details the flaws of the Iran nuclear agreement, sets clear conditions for any future sanctions relief, and reaffirms Congressional opposition to Iran acquiring nuclear capabilities. Click here for bill text.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), today introduced legislation that would require the U.S. government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The bill would prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 2066, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2019, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher on April, 3, 2019. With the goal of improving collaboration across different intelligence offices, H.R. 2066 authorizes an Intelligence Rotational Analyst Program and requires DHS officials to incentivize education and cross training of intelligence analysts.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the formal launch of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC). As established by statute in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the CSC is a bipartisan effort to review the threats facing America in cyberspace and provide strategic guidance and policy recommendations on how to defend ourselves against cyber threats.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) today introduced the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Act of 2019. This legislation would implement many of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s recommendations and harness the resources of at least ten government agencies to help counter China’s multifaceted challenges to the United States. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced H.Res.336, a bicameral resolution condemning the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. Senate. The attacks, perpetrated by an Islamist terrorist group with links to ISIS, killed more than 250 people and injured more than 500 others. The resolution calls the bombings an attack on "the basic human liberty of freedom of religion,” and calls on the Government of Sri Lanka and all governments to protect and preserve religious liberty.

April 19, 2019 Columns

The Times of London

By: Mike Gallagher, Tom Tugendhat

April 12, 2019 Press Release

For years, U.S. policy towards Iran has emboldened a hardline regime that has demonstrated nothing but hostility towards peace and prosperity in the Middle East. As they’ve exported violence and undermined our interests throughout the region, this regime has often looked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a means of doing so.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

Earlier this week, Congressman Mike Gallagher joined Guy Benson on Benson and Harf for a conversation about President Trump's declaration on Golan Heights and the Mueller report. Read highlights from his interview below, or click here to watch the full interview.

March 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff seeking greater information about national security threats to military operations and communications posed by 5G technology provided by Chinese telecommunications firms. This letter comes in advance of Secretary Shanahan and Chairman Dunford’s testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, March 26.