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.

Ending the War in Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan is incredibly complex. We cannot stand idly by while the region becomes a safe haven for terrorists. However, it has become clear that a conventional military occupation and mission of nation building will not succeed. I believe that we should reduce our presence in Afghanistan as rapidly as possible and reshape our mission to focus exclusively on counterterrorism. This will require some presence in the region, but one considerably smaller than that required by our present strategy of nation-building. Our presence should be just large enough to disrupt and destroy any terrorist infrastructure that develops in the region but no larger.

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 President Obama’s comprehensive strategy of non-proliferation and nuclear security, and pledge to do all I can to push for a world free of nuclear weapons. I have been proud to support several measures to strengthen sanctions against Iran, including the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, the toughest sanctions against Iran ever passed by the United States. It is critical that we do more to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and see that countries that break the rules face the consequences.

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. The Israeli and Palestinian peoples deserve and require nothing less. Unfortunately, the situation is more complicated than it has been for a long time. Popular uprisings have rocked the Middle East and left an oft unsettled region even more volatile. As these revolutions continue to unfold and Iran remains a threat, the pressure on the peace process builds.  The recent partnership between the Palestinian Authority and the terrorists of Hamas is disheartening.

Throughout the process, we must never forget that Israel is the sole functioning democracy and our most reliable ally in the Middle East. Its history, politics, and thriving economy create a special and unbreakable bond between Americans and Israelis, and I will continue to support measures which strengthen our nation’s relationship with this critical partner. Through the continued support of Congress for investments in the security and development of the region, I hope that we can begin to make progress towards a just and lasting peace.

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. Having spent much of my youth in Latin America, where my father worked for the Ford Foundation, I have a deep personal interest in America’s relationships abroad. I strongly believe in programs and partnerships that help our neighbors in developing nations build healthy and productive communities.

More on Foreign Affairs and Defense

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:

November 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on today’s vote about increasing security measures for certain refugees into the United States:

October 29, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), released the following statement on the bipartisan budget deal reached yesterday and his views on Congress’s priorities going forward:

“Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will set spending levels for more than a year, ensure America can meet its financial obligations until 2017, and prevent catastrophic increases in Medicare premiums. I voted for the bill, which passed the House with a majority of Republicans and every Democrat supporting it.