Foreign Affairs & Defense

The United States must set a strong example for other nations to follow in our foreign affairs. As a country, we should pursue all options available to prevent armed conflict while supporting the security of our allies. As the global voice of freedom and democracy, America should continue to serve as a model for peace and security across the world.

Even as the United States moves away from ground combat operations after more than a decade of continuous war, I will work to ensure our national security remains strong. When our service members are called to serve, it is imperative that we provide our troops with the equipment and weapons they need to be successful. And we must make good on our promise to help our fighting men and women when they return home; we owe them much more than a “thank you for your service.” I will continue to support policies that protect our troops, their families, and our nation.

Support for human rights is an important part of promoting peace, security, democracy, and the rule of law. Every person, regardless of where they live, deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. I will continue to promote policies that stand up for the rights of all individuals around the world. And, I support the United States’ continued leadership to help ensure that all countries live up to their promises on human rights.

One of the primary roles of Congress is to ensure the peace and security of the United States. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and as chairman of its Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee, I am working hard to protect Americans here at home. In combating terrorist activities, the United States must continue to take a leading role in building partnerships and coordinating activities with both foreign governments and multilateral organizations.

What I am Doing for You

In the 116th Congress, I co-sponsored the bipartisan H.R.3400,  the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act, which would provide the opportunity to pursue citizenship to legal immigrants through military service. The ENLIST Act would apply to DREAMers in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

As a supporter of health care for all servicemembers, I co-sponsored H.R.2091, the Access to Contraception for Servicemembers and Dependents Act, to provide access to basic preventative health services to benefit service members and their families

I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 2118, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, which would expand sanctions against Iran in regards to their ballistic missile program.

I’m also a co-sponsor of H.R.2617, the OATH Act, which would  require the Department of Defense to input any Occupational Environmental Hazard exposure into a servicemember’s records, which follow the servicemember throughout their career and into veteran status. This bill would also mandate that the DoD and VA retroactively update service records based on information contained in the Burn Pit Registry.

I co-sponsored and supported H.R. 3166, sponsored Rep. Alcee Hastings, that would require DoD to update any administrative forms containing racially insensitive terms.

I've visited Afghanistan twice to meet with military leaders and troops for on-the-ground updates about our efforts to ensure the peaceful transfer of power and root out militant Islamic terrorism. I support continued aid and humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan so they may live in peace and security.

I support a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, with Israel recognized as a Jewish state with secure borders alongside a state for the Palestinian people which is demilitarized and no longer threatens Israel with terrorism. While the United States should be playing a supporting role, any final agreement must be negotiated and agreed to by the Israelis and Palestinians. That is why it is so important the Palestinians not go to the United Nations and instead negotiate directly with Israel, without pre-conditions.

In the 116th Congress, I’m a co-sponsor of H.R. 2488, the U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Act, which would require the Secretary of State to submit a report on potential benefits and impact to the United States of establishing a joint cybersecurity center of excellence with Israel.

I’m also a co-sponsor of H.R. 1837, the United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act, to continue the security relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

I support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on nuclear arms reached in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. I opposed President Trump’s decision to withdraw us from that agreement; we must  play a leadership role in dismantling Iran’s nuclear capabilities, or, when a violation occurs, be able to take action against Iran with international cooperation.

I voted in favor of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act , which would impose additional sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

In February 2018, I visited Vienna, Austria, to be briefed on oversight of the Iran nuclear deal, and Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss Russian aggression toward Georgia, NATO and the West.

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July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) launched the Congressional Critical Materials Caucus to help the United States develop the technical expertise and production capabilities to assure a long-term, secure and sustainable supply of energy critical elements (ECEs).

January 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement Friday:

September 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) introduced the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act to help the United States develop the technical expertise and production capabilities to assure a long-term, secure and sustainable supply of energy critical elements (ECEs).