Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Washington D.C. Office

302 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-2305

(202) 224-3244

Minneapolis Office

1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

Positions on MPP Peace Agenda and give voting record, position papers, etc.

A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:

  1. Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.

    As you know, on November 23, 2013, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China negotiated an interim agreement with Iran that imposes new limits and inspections on its nuclear program. That agreement went into force for a six-month period beginning on January 20, 2014. I believe this agreement is a positive step forward, and I strongly support diplomatic efforts to achieve a comprehensive agreement that addresses all outstanding issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. Iran must show that it can live up to its international obligations and abide by the deal it made with the United States and our partners. – Constituent letter, July, 2014

    Senator Klobuchar chose not to sign on to the Menendez Kirk bill, S.1881, calling for increased sanctions against Iran as the State Dept. was actively pursuing a diplomatic agreement re their nuclear program. -March 2014

    Senator Klobuchar believes that diplomacy is the first and best option to resolving the situation in Iran. – Public speeches during the 2012 campaign

  2. Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.

    ……we must implement a responsible and realistic strategy that emphasizes increased security and economic development for the Afghan people, with the Afghan government and security forces taking the lead…. – Klobuchar website May 2012

    The Senator voted against S Amendment 613 to reducing appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs – September 2011

  3. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.

    Senator Klobuchar signed on to a letter to President Trump in support of restoring USAID and UNRWA funds to Palestine. “We write in strong opposition to your decision to cut some $200 million in Fiscal Year 2017 Economic Support assistance originally planned for the West Bank and Gaza and to end U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), more than #300 million in assistance this fiscal year.” -09.21.18

    Senator Klobuchar co-sponsored S. Res. 6 objecting to the Obama Administration’s recent abstention in the UN Security Council on a resolution related to Israeli settlements. This resolution purports to be about defending Israel and supporting peace. In reality, it is about preventing even legitimate criticism of Israeli actions – actions that are antithetical to Israel’s own interests – and changing U.S. policy to support settlements. Moreover, this resolution misrepresents longstanding U.S. policy and mischaracterizes the abstention as a betrayal of Israel. – 01.17

    Senator Klobuchar believes that trying to maintain the status quo is unsustainable for Israel and that opening the Gazan borders is key to a long-term solution. She supports creating economic development opportunities for Palestinians. She also expressed her view that Iron Dome was the reason for the disparate casualty rate between Gaza and Israel. – MPP mtg with Senator Klobuchar, 8/20/14

    Sen. Klobuchar co-sponsored The Resolution for Israeli Self-Defense expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders – 11/16/12

    Senator Klobuchar: We must stand firmly behind Israel’s security. I also believe that the United States must push for a meaningful peace process of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that can lead to a two-state solution. MNdaily 10/28/12.

    The Senator cosponsored S. Res 2165, United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act. 7/27/12

    America and Israel are close allies whose interests in the Middle East and around the world remain strongly aligned. The deep and enduring friendship between our nations is based on values rooted in democracy and mutual strategic goals, and we must remain steadfast in our commitment to Israel’s security. I believe that the United States must reinforce its commitment to leading a meaningful peace process of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. With dialogue, patience, and resolve, our ultimate goal of peace through the region can be realized. – Senator Klobuchar’s website, May 2012

    Senator Klobuchar has co-signed a letter to President Obama calling for the U.S. to cut off aid to Palestine if the Palestinian Authority forms a unity government with Hamas. – May 2011

    Senator Klobuchar has signed on to a letter supporting increased aid to Palestine. – March 2011

    Senator Klobuchar signed an AIPAC-drafted letter following Israel’s public humiliation of Vice President Biden that urged that any disputes between the U.S. and Israel be resolved in private. – Washington Report, September 2010

    Senator Klobuchar signed the Senate letter to Obama defending “Israel’s right to self defense” following the 5/31/10 attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. – Washington Report – September 2010

    I believe that, like the U.S., Israel has a right to defend itself from terrorist attacks. As the situation continues to unfold, I believe the U.S. must work with all parties to reestablish a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible and to provide humanitarian assistance to all civilians caught in the conflict. – Klobuchar statement re Gaza assault to Daily Planet, 01/01/09

    Senator Klobuchar signed the AIPAC-endorsed Bayh/Risch letter to the President which focused on the need for Arab leaders to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process without mention of needed initiatives by Israel such as a settlement freeze. – August 2009

B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.

    Senator Klobuchar’s current National Security position paper states that we must Reaffirm our commitment to NATO and other international institutions that promote freedom and democracy. The United States must continue to lead the global community towards common goals of peaceful exchange and interaction.

  2. Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations and approving agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that reduce the risk of war.

    Senator Klobuchar signed on to a letter to the President concerning strategic stability with our nuclear-armed adversaries:

    “Your administration’s efforts to double down on new, unnecessary nuclear weapons while scrapping mutually beneficial treaties risks the United States sliding into another arms race with Russia and erodes U.S. nonproliferation efforts around the world.” -12.12.18

    Senator Klobuchar signed the Dear colleague letter that Senators Chris Coons and Susan Collins circulated to support the Presidential Study Directive 10, which mandates a review of U.S. capacities to prevent atrocities and establishes the Atrocities Prevention Board to coordinate a government-wide strategy for preventing such violence. – November 2011

    Senator Klobuchar voted to ratify the new START Treaty. – 12/22/10

    Despite her stated support for the NNPT, the Senator voted to allow the U.S. to sell nuclear technology to India. – RC #211, 2008

  3. Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.

    ……we must implement a responsible and realistic strategy that emphasizes increased security and economic development for the Afghan people, with the Afghan government and security forces taking the lead…. – Klobuchar website May 2012

    Senator Klobuchar voted against the Free Trade Act with Columbia and for the FTA’s with South Korea and Panama. – October 2011

C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic responses to conflicts:

  1. Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.

    Senator Klobuchar has “repeatedly voted to cut funding for programs the Defense Department has found to be unnecessary – including the F-35 alternate engine, the C-17 aircraft, and the F-22 Raptor fighter program.” – Klobuchar Website July 2015

    Senator Klobuchar advocates for accountability of American taxpayer funds. “There must be accountability for reconstruction funds that are intended to provide the Iraqi and Afghan people with the meaningful economic assistance they need to rebuild their respective countries… In 2007 I co-sponsored a bipartisan provision in the Defense Authorization bill that established an independent commission to increase transparency and accountability in wartime contracting. – Klobuchar website July 2015

    In 2007 I co-sponsored a bipartisan provision in the Defense Authorization bill that established an independent commission to increase transparency and accountability in wartime contracting. Modeled after the famous Truman Commission during World War II, it has begun carrying out its assigned responsibilities to ensure accountability for U.S. tax dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. – Klobuchar Website February 2013

    The Senator’s current position statement on National Security states: Protecting our national security means maintaining unparalleled military capabilities and the finest armed forces in the world.

    Senator Klobuchar voted in favor of S.B 181 which included $3B towards converting closed U.S. military bases to other uses. – 05/24/07

  2. Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.

    Senator Klobuchar voted for S.J.Res. 7 to remove US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Passed Senate on March 13, vetoed by President. 03.13.2019

  3. Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.

    Senator Klobuchar voted “yea” on a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certain defense articles and services. 06.20.2019

    Senator Klobuchar reintroduced the bipartisan Torture Victims Relief Act, first passed in 1998, which authorizes funding to support torture treatment programs in the U.S. and abroad. – 6/26/15 Press Release

    Senator Klobuchar is a co-sponsor of the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.416). – 08/26/09