Foreign Affairs

As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot ensures the committee is a critical counter-balance to the irresponsible “foreign policy by tweet” actions of Donald Trump. He continues to champion democracy and human rights throughout the world.

  • He co-sponsored and helped usher through the Congressional resolution to end all US military involvement in the war in Yemen. Eliot quickly got the bill approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee and it later passed in the House and Senate
  • Sponsored, with Representative Ro Khanna, an amendment to the annual NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA) to prevent federal funds from being used for military force against Iran without congressional authorization.
  • Eliot is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan bill to support the Sudanese transition to democracy. He is a strong advocate for a transparent, civilian-led government for Sudan. 
  • Eliot called for the Trump administration not to cut off vital aid to Syria during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Eliot secured participation of European leaders in a joint letter condemning Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria and rebuking Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds. NBC News called the joint statement by Eliot and his European counterparts “extraordinary.”
  • Led the House in passing legislation to limit Trump’s ability to intervene in Iran without Congressional approval.
  • Introduced legislation that would focus America’s diplomatic, development and security efforts on preventing the root cause of violence and instability in countries around the world.
  • Is holding Foreign Affairs Committee hearings and investigations to ensure the Trump administration will no longer be unchecked in its dealings with foreign governments. Those investigations include the President’s personal profiting from government spending with the Trump Organization.
  • In the first half of 2019, hearings have been held on issues from around the globe, regarding countries like Syria, Yemen, Russia, China, North Korea, the Persian Gulf, Kosova, Venezuela, the list goes on and on.
  • Eliot has consistently advocated a two-state solution, based on the principle of two states for two peoples. He believes that peace can only be achieved when the Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian Arab state exist side-by-side, living in peace, dignity and security. He is under no illusions that negotiating a final status agreement will be easy, but he sincerely hopes the parties will be able to achieve that goal.
  • In recognition of his years of work to stop the ethnic cleansing of Muslim Kosovar Albanians, Eliot was honored with his picture on a Kosovar stamp. It was the first, and thus far only time, a member of Congress has been featured on a stamp in the Republic of Kosova.

Eliot says, “The United States is strongest on the global stage when we conduct a foreign policy rooted in core American values – support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”

He has received 100% on the Foreign Policy for America (a left leaning grassroots network standing up for strong, principled American foreign policy) scorecard and has been honored by the governments of many countries for his humanitarianism, including Italy, Ireland and Mexico.

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