Congresswoman Speier is deeply committed to keeping Americans safe and advancing democratic values around the world. She believes that providing effective oversight of our national security apparatus is essential to accomplishing these objectives. Congresswoman Speier serves on both the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Congresswoman Speier works tirelessly to hold our national security leadership accountable for protecting our interests and our values. She is also dedicated to ensuring that the intelligence community is independent of political influence and reflects of our nation’s rich diversity.
Congresswoman Speier was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the Iraq War. She used her very first floor speech to call for the return of American troops after hearing from constituents at over 60 meetings that they wanted an end to American deployments to Iraq. She remains committed to preventing costly, aimless American military engagements that harm our national interest.
From her position on the HASC, Congresswoman Speier demands that the Department of Defense (DoD) adhere to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. She conducts oversight to make sure critical efforts to maintain military readiness and cutting-edge operational capabilities draw on the best management practices and that Department and military leadership are accountable stewards of America’s resources, especially our brave servicemembers. A strong national defense requires Congress to make policy and spending decisions based on ample information and insight. Serving both on HASC and HPSCI, Congresswoman Speier is one of the best positioned Members of Congress to oversee our nation’s defense and foreign policies.
Protecting our Democracy from Foreign Adversaries
U.S.-Israel Partnership and Support for a Two-State Solution
Promoting Global Women’s Empowerment and Access to Health Care
Congresswoman Speier believes that our world is safer and more prosperous when women are educated, have access to health care, and can participate in the global economy. She opposes the Trump Administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the Global Gag Rule, which blocks foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. health aid from providing referrals for abortion services with their own funding. Research shows that by limiting access to care, this policy has previously led to a 14 percent decrease in contraceptive use, 12 percent increase in pregnancies, and 40 percent increase in abortion rates. She is a cosponsor of H.R. 1055, the Global HER Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule.
Congresswoman Speier strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s unilateral cuts to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which works in more than 150 countries to end preventable maternal deaths, provide voluntary family planning, combat gender-based violence such as child marriage, and train health care workers. Speier led a letter with 145 of her colleagues urging the Administration to reverse its decision to withhold U.S. funding.
Congresswoman Speier also supports efforts to educate girls worldwide, eradicate gender-based violence, promote women’s participation in peace and security efforts, and ensure their access to jobs and an economic marketplace free from discrimination.
Reducing the Threat of WMD
Support for Armenia’s Democracy
Eliminating the Dangerous Legacies of War
The security of conventional weapons is also an issue Congresswoman Speier has worked to rally support for from her congressional colleagues. In 2018, she formed the bipartisan Congressional Unexploded Ordnance/Demining Caucus. The caucus membership continues to grow as Members of Congress and their staff learn about the devastating impact these harmful legacies of war have on civilian populations and how they prevent post-conflict economic and social development.
Congresswoman Speier led a successful effort to secure funding in the FY 2020 House-passed appropriations bill for humanitarian demining assistance. She also ensured that unclassified Department of Defense demining research would be shared with humanitarian demining organizations. And Congresswoman Speier has worked to hold the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leadership accountable for promises made to Congress on demining efforts in Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia.
Safeguarding International Human Rights
The protection of human rights is one of the most important values we have as a free society. In 2019, Congresswoman Speier introduced a resolution condemning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and demanding a reevaluation of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia from the Secretary of State in response to reports of numerous violations of the human rights of Saudi activists.
Outside of Saudi Arabia, Congresswoman Speier has regularly called on the Trump Administration to prioritize human rights over flawed security relationships in Latin America and Southeast Asia. In September 2017, as co-chair of the Ahmadiyya Caucus, Congresswoman Speier worked to increase awareness of the human rights abuses perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, specifically urging Aung San Suu Kyi to address the crisis. She also supports assistance programs that help partner nations build accountable, transparent governance structures.
Protecting Defense Innovation and Supply Chains
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