CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Foreign Affairs and Defense

The most important function of government is to ensure the safety of its citizens. We must continue to make critical investments in our national security and strengthen our partnerships abroad. However, I also believe that the choice between our values and our safety is a false one. We face many challenges abroad, but I am fully committed to our proud tradition of engaged, sustained, and competent global leadership.

Reclaiming Congress’s Duty to Declare War

For too long Congress has been accepting of gradual encroachment of its power to make and declare war by the executive branch. I have introduced a bill, the Reclamation of War Powers Act, to reaffirm the duty of Congress to have public debate on the use of our military men and women to in hostilities in foreign lands. Click here to read more…

Ending the Wars in the Middle East

American armed forces have been drawn into too many conflicts in the Middle East with no clear goals and no exit strategies. It’s past time to think smarter about our engagement in the region. Click here to read more…

Reductions in Nuclear Weapons

The threat of a terrorist attack with a nuclear weapon is one of the gravest dangers facing Americans today. I fully support the comprehensive strategy of non-proliferation and nuclear security, and pledge to do all I can to push for a world free of nuclear weapons.  Click here to read more…

Promoting Peace and Security in Israel and the Middle East

A two-state solution, in which Israel and Palestine live within recognized, peaceful and secure borders has long been a key goal of a decades-long process. I wholeheartedly support this goal. Click here to read more…

Supporting Development Abroad

Targeted, effective international aid programs ease the suffering of millions each day and are among the very best investments we can make in our national security and long-term prosperity. International aid is a powerful tool of soft power that can prevent the chaos and instability that serve as a breeding ground for terrorist recruitment. Click here to read more…

More on Foreign Affairs and Defense

September 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001:

“16 years ago today, we witnessed the worst mankind has to offer as the World Trade Center, Pentagon and our very sense of security were attacked.

August 28, 2017 Page

The most important function of government is to ensure the safety of its citizens. We must continue to make critical investments in our national security and strengthen our partnerships abroad. However, I also believe that the choice between our values and our safety is a false one. We face many challenges abroad, but I am fully committed to our proud tradition of engaged, sustained, and competent global leadership.

Reclaiming Congress’s Duty to Declare War

June 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program:

June 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee:

June 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on the prepared statement from former FBI Director James Comey as part of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow:

June 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from teh Paris Climate Agreement:

"Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a terrible decision that leads us down a path to rising sea levels and destructive weather that will wreak havoc on our planet. Drought, climate refugees and competition over dwindling resources will destabilize global security. Without a coordinated global effort to combat climate change, the future looks bleak.

March 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Congressman Jim Himes released the following statement on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s hearing on Russian interference in our election, ties between the Trump campaign and Russian figures and President Trump’s claims that he was surveilled:

May 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) introduced the bipartisan Cyber Act of War Act, a bill that would require the Administration and the Department of Defense to develop a policy for determining when an action carried out in cyberspace constitutes a use of force against the United States and to update the Law of War Manual accordingly. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

December 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joseph Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) issued the following statement on H.R. 1076, Republican Rep. Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act:

December 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on his vote for the Intelligence Authorization Act, HR 4127: