CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

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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 7, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Biden’s Executive Order directing agencies to conduct a declassification review of certain documents concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks: 

July 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, the National Security, International Development & Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing entitled “The Promises and Perils of Central Bank Digital Currencies.”

July 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) voted in the House of Representatives for the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act of 2021. The bill passed by a vote of 407-16.

During the nearly 20 years that the United States has been at war in Afghanistan, thousands of translators and guides have helped keep U.S. troops safe. Some of these individuals are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), which would allow them to relocate to the U.S. to avoid violent reprisal against them or their families.

June 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ passage of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF). 

June 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s threat of retaliation to Russian President Vladimir Putin if Russia or Russian aligned actors carry out further cyberattacks.  

June 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) chaired a hearing of the National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services entitled “Schemes and Subversion: How Bad Actors and Foreign Governments Undermine and Evade Sanctions Regimes.” 

May 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) chaired a hearing by the National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services entitled “Examining Belt and Road: The Lending Practices of the People's Republic of China and Impact on the International Debt Architecture."

April 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on newly announced sanctions on Russian entities and individuals:

“Today, the Biden administration announced an executive order imposing sanctions on 32 Russian individuals and entities in response to the SolarWinds cyberattack. This response is important, but I fear it will be insufficient to change Russian behavior. 

April 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement on President Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021.  

April 2, 2021 Press Release

Today, we as a Capitol Hill community and a nation mourn the loss of United States Capitol Police Officer William Evans. All of our thoughts are with his family and loved ones in the face of this terrible tragedy. The senseless act of violence that took Officer Evans’ life has no place in our society.  Capitol Police put their lives on the line every day to protect thousands of workers on the Hill, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. 

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