A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
On March 11, 2020, Rep. Craig voted in favor of S.J. Res. 68, a joint resolution to direct removal of US Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress. The resolution passed the House 227-186 after having previously passed the Senate. However, President Trump vetoed it on May 6, 2020. (congress.gov & govtrack.us)
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H. Con. Res. 83: Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran. The resolution passed 224-194. – Jan. 9, 2020 (govtrack.us)
Rep. Craig was one of the signers of a letter to President Trump demanding answers on his Iran strategy. Quote from letter: “Your administration has yet to provide the American people and Congress with a sufficient explanation as to why this action was necessary and what your overall strategy is for curbing Iran’s regional aggression or nuclear ambitions.” Questions included: “What is the specific “imminent threat” your administration referenced and how has the strike mitigated that threat and its imminence?” ; “What is the mission, scope of responsibilities, and timeline for the more than 7,000 additional U.S. troops recently deployed to the region?” ; “How do recent U.S. military actions, undertaken at your direction, advance your publicly stated goal of averting a war with Iran,
which the American people do not support?” and others. – January 8, 2020 (votesmart.org)
Representative Craig voted “Yes” to the NDAA amendment to repeal the 2002 AUMF, but “No” on repealing the 2001 AUMF. She also voted “Yes” to the Khanna-Gaetz “No War with Iran” amendment. – July 12, 2019
Rep. Craig cosponsored HR.2829 to clarify that Congress has not provided authorization for the use of military force against Iran. – 2019
Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
Rep. Craig signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Pompeo regarding the impending expiration of the cooperative agreement between the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), set to end May 31, 2020. The letter asked for continued funding for AUAF, citing its importance to US foreign policy and the long-term stability of Afghanistatan and for its role in promoting the educational, civic, and economic empowerment of women. – Feb. 3, 2020 [votesmart.org & house.gov]
Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
Rep. Craig was a cosponsor and voted yes for H. Res. 326, which “expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that only a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can ensure Israel’s survival as a secure Jewish and democratic state and fulfill the legitimate aspirations for a Palestinian state. It also expresses the sense that any U.S. proposal to achieve a just, stable, and lasting solution should expressly endorse a two-state solution and discourage steps that would put a peaceful resolution further out of reach.” The resolution passed. (congress.gov) – 12.06.19
Rep. Craig is signatory to a letter from House members to Sec. General Guterres of the UN expressing concerns about threats to Israel from Hezbollah. The letter asked for full implementation of UNSCR 1701 which calls for Lebanese sovereignty, the disarmament of armed groups in Lebanon, and allows a United Nations Interim Force to help Lebanon secure its border. – Nov. 18, 2019 (votesmart.org)
On 6/26/2019, Rep. Craig co-sponsored HR 1837, the United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act. The bill passed by voice vote on 7/23/19. (congress.gov)
On 4/23/2019, Rep. Craig co-sponsored H. Res. 246, opposing efforts to de-legitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. The resolution passed 398-17 on July 23, 2019. (congress.gov)
B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:
Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
Rep. Craig voted yes on H. Res. 387: Condemning continued violence against civilians by armed groups in the Central African Republic and supporting efforts to achieve a lasting political solution to the conflict. The resolution passed 378-7. – March 3, 2020 (congress.gov)
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H.R. 4331, The Tibetan Policy and Support Act. She had previously cosponsored the bill on 11/21/19. Its purpose is to modify and reauthorize the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002. This includes such provisions as: increasing diplomatic representation by establishing a US consulate in Lhasa; grants to NGOs to support sustainable economic development, cultural and historic preservation, health care, and environmental sustainability projects for Tibetan communities; pursuing collaborative efforts to monitor the Tibetan plateau, from which the PRC is diverting water; respecting the right of the Tibetan Buddhist community to choose its own spiritual leaders without the interference of the PR; and funds for programs to strengthen Tibetan governance. – 1/28/2020 (congress.gov/govtrack.us)
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.
Rep. Craig has been endorsed in her bid for re-election by the Council for a Livable World, an organization which promotes policies to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons and to minimize the risk of war. – Spring 2020 [Council for a Livable World website]
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H. Amdt. 527 to the H.R. 2500, the House version of the 2020 NDAA, which expressed “the sense of Congress that the United States should extend the New START Treaty with Russia and requires a series of reports on potential consequences if the treaty lapses.” – July 11, 2019 (congress.gov)
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H. Amdt. 530 to H.R. 2500, the House version of the 2020 NADA. This amendment prohibited “funding for missiles non-compliant with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty until the Secretary of Defense meets certain conditions.” 7/11/2019 (congress.gov)
Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.
Rep. Craig became a cosponsor of H.R. 2153, the Keeping Girls in School Act, the main goal of which is “to support empowerment, economic security, and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.” – 11/21/19 (congress.gov) [The bill passed by voice vote on Jan. 28, 2020. (govtrack.us)]
Rep. Craig cosponsored H. Res. 189, Recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting United States Agency for International Development’s commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy. – Oct. 28, 2019 [govtrack.us]
C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic responses to conflicts:
Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
Rep. Craig became a cosponsor of H.R. 7140 which would prohibit the use of funds for an explosive nuclear weapons test. – June 15, 2020 [congress.gov]
Rep. Craig is one of a group of 80+ legislators who signed a letter urging President Trump not to resume nuclear testing. Here’s a quote from the letter: “We are deeply concerned by recent reports that you are considering a resumption of explosive nuclear testing, something the U.S. has not done since 1992. We urge you in the strongest terms to reject this awful idea both because it is technically unnecessary and because it would represent a dangerous provocation.” – June 8, 2020 [press release from Sen. Wyden]
Rep. Craig voted for an amendment to HR 550 that would “ deny funding of any U.S. military action against Iran or its proxy forces that lacks congressional authorization, except when there is an imminent threat to the United States, its armed forces or its territories. The measure asserts the sole constitutional power of Congress to declare war as spelled out in the 1973 War Powers Resolution. The president would have to notify Congress within 48 hours if he marshals the U.S. military against Iran, then withdraw the force within a specified period unless Congress votes to authorize the action.” H. R. 550 was previously called “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019”, but is now titled the “No War Against Iran Act”. The amendment passed 228-175 and the bill goes to the Senate. – Jan. 30, 2020 (Mankato Free Press)
Rep. Craig voted in favor of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act [conference report to accompany S. 1790]. Rep. Craig had also voted in favor of the NDAA that originally passed the House [H.R. 2500] on July 12, 2019. This previous version of the bill contained a number of progressive measures, but many of these were removed in the final bill. According to Diane Randall of FCNL: “Not only does this bill fail to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF, it also entrusts this administration with a massive $738 billion for the Pentagon this fiscal year. It is stunning that in a week when the Afghanistan Papers revealed the comprehensive failures of the 18-year conflict, Congress negotiated away this effort to curtail the use of force, end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and prevent war with Iran.” Additionally, the bill authorizes the creation of a new branch of the military, the Space Force, and allows deployment of a more usable, low-yield nuclear warhead, the W76-2. According to Ken Kimmel, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists: “The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act moves the world closer to nuclear war and creates a new and unneeded military bureaucracy to address alleged threats in space. “ The bill passed the House 377-48. -12.11.19 (votesmart.org, congress.gov, email from FCNL, the UCS website)
Rep. Craig voted against H. Amdt. 538 to the 2020 NDAA, which would have decreased funding for Overseas Contingency Operations/aka the War on Terror, by $16.8 billion. (amendment failed) 07/12/19 (congress.gov.
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H. Amdt. 535 to NDAA 2020, which would “prohibit the use of funds for an exhibition or parade of military forces and hardware, except for the display of small arms and munitions appropriate for customary ceremonial honors.”- July 11, 2019 (congress.gov)
Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
Rep. Craig voted for an amendment to HR 550, the No War Against Iran Act, that would “repeal the 2002 Iraq war resolution, which has been cited as the legal basis of U.S. military actions in Iraq and numerous other global theaters over the past 18 years, including the recent U.S. assassination at the Baghdad airport of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Congress would have six months to update U.S. war authority, and until it does so, the president could immediately deploy forces to protect national security without seeking congressional approval.” The amendment passed 236-166 and the bill goes to the Senate. – Jan. 30, 2020 (Mankato Free Press)
Rep. Craig voted against H.Amdt. 516 to H.R. 2500: To require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the financial costs and national security benefits of operating, improving, and maintaining overseas military infrastructure. – 07/11/2019
Rep. Craig voted in favor of H. Res. 676, the NATO Support Act. This bill, which passed the House, prohibits the appropriation or use of funds to withdraw the United States from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. – 01.22.19 (votesmart.org)
Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
Rep. Craig voted in support of S. 3744, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020. This bill imposes sanctions on foreign individuals and entities responsible for human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous region and requires various reports on the topic. This legislation passed the House 413-1, and as it had already been agreed to in the Senate, it will now go to the President. – May 27, 2020 [govtrack.us]
Rep. Craig was signatory, along with a majority of members of the House, to a letter to Sec. Of State Pompeo asking for diplomatic action by the U.S. to renew the expiring U.N. arms embargo against Iran and also to renew U.N. travel restrictions against Iranians who have been involved in violations of U.N. weapons restrictions. – May 4, 2020 [press release from House Foreign Affairs Committee]
Rep. Craig voted in support of S. 178: the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, a bill to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. This bill directs the President to impose sanctions and export restrictions on the sale of technology items that can be used in the surveillance, identification, and detention of individuals. The bill passed the House 407-1. – Dec. 3, 2019 [govtrack.us]
Rep. Craig voted in favor of each of S.J.Res. 36, S. J. Res. 37, and S. J. Res. 38, which expressed disapproval of the proposed export of certain defense articles and services to a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The resolution passed both House and Senate, but was later over-ridden by the President. – July 17, 2019
Voted for H.Amdt. 524 to H.R. 2500: To prohibit support to and participation in the Saudi-led coalitions military operations against the Houthis in Yemen. – 07/2019
Rep. Craig voted YEA on S. J. Res. 7, a resolution directing the removal of US Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. [Bill passed the House 247-175 and had previously passed the Senate, but was vetoed by the president.] – April 4, 2019 (congress.gov)
Rep. Craig voted YES on H.J. Res. 37, a resolution directing the removal of US Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. [Bill passed the House 248-177.] – Feb. 13, 2019 (congress.gov)