A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
Representative Phillips voted “Yes” to NDAA amendments to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMF. He also voted “Yes” to the Khanna-Gaetz “No War with Iran” amendment. – 07/2019
I support a diplomacy-first approach to these dangerous and complicated situations, but I have no faith in the current Administration’s ability to negotiate effectively or strategically – whether it’s in Pyongyang or Moscow. – 9/10/18, WCCO 2018 Election Guide
Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
Rep. Phillips voted “aye” on H 153, to end U.S. military support for Saudi-led war Yemen.
Referencing the border crisis, Rep. Phillips stated “then we must address the root cause of this migration by investing in aid to Central American countries ravaged by violence.” – 06.27.19 e-newsletter
Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
Rep. Phillips 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. Phillips cosponsored H.R. 1837, the U.S. Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act. This bill calls for improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize assistance for Israel, and for other purposes. – 2019
Rep. Phillips co-sponsored H.Res.246 which opposes efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. -2019
Rep. Phillips has cosponsored H Res 326 expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution. -2019
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. Phillips co-sponsored .R. 549. This bill address the migration of Venezuelan nationals by permitting them to qualify for temporary protected status, which prevents their removal from the United States and allows them to obtain employment and travel authorization. – 2019
Rep. Phillips co-sponsored HR 1004, Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela. – 2019
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.
Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.
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. Phillips voted in favor of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act [conference report to accompany S. 1790]. Rep. Phillips 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. Phillips 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) (congress.gov.) 07/12/19
Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
Rep. Phillips voted for 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. 07/2019
Rep. Phillips co-sponsored H.R. 1004, to prohibit the introduction of U.S. Military Forces into Venezuela -2/28/19
Rep. Phillips 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. (votesmart.org) 01.22.19
Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
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