A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
- Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
- Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
- Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
I believe at this point that pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would not be in the best interest of our national security. While the United States is a leader in the international community, we are one of many nations involved in this deal. We must continue working with international partners to ensure regional stability in the Middle East and work to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. – Constituent letter – 11/17
Support for Israel remains a vital component of American foreign policy. Indeed, our strategic vision depends on key alliances throughout the globe—especially in the Middle East.
But the American-Israeli relationship goes deeper than mere geopolitical concerns. It is a bond based on the shared values of religious and cultural liberty, economic prosperity and, perhaps most important, the rule of law.
I have always believed that the foundation of support for the Jewish state rests on the twin pillars of Israel’s inherent right to exist as well as dismissing the idea that millions of refugees could reclaim property in what is now Israel. There is no legal ‘right of return.’
Only from there can solutions be found to the myriad of other issues facing the region.
For example, while I believe demographics dictate a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians (the best way for Israel to remain both Jewish and democratic), the only way to achieve lasting peace is through bilateral negotiations and not those imposed by outside interests.
I also oppose any attempts by the international community to divest itself or boycott the state of Israel. As a Congressman, I will not support these misguided efforts abroad and vigorously oppose them at home. – Position Paper 9/16
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.
- 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after calling on the President to drop the embargo on Cuba:
“The embargo on Cuba has clearly failed as a tool of foreign policy, and it’s time to give trade a chance and help our farmers at the same time. Our agricultural industry is so important, both to our food supply and to rural communities across Minnesota’s 2nd District. We shouldn’t be denying our farmers the chance to trade with an island just 90 miles off the US coast, especially when it could improve the lives of so many Cubans as well.”
Background: the United States has had an embargo placed on trade with Cuba since 1962. The fact that this persists today is a relic of the Cold War. While Cubans continue to suffer human rights abuses, the previous administration outlined a policy of increased engagement to bring progress to Cuba rather than simply continuing the embargo policy, which has not worked.
Lewis is calling on President Trump to lift the embargo so that the US can demonstrate to Cuba the practical benefits of political and economic reform. Not only will this help the Cuban people, but it will provide a valuable new export market for Minnesotan agricultural products. – 04.06.17 Press Release
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.
- Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
- Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after the Department of Defense (DOD) Comptroller David Norquist announced the start of an audit of the Pentagon, something Lewis has long called for and has introduced legislation to mandate:
“Our men and women in the field need the right resources, and without an audit of the DOD it’s been impossible to know whether its multi-billion dollar budget was being spent responsibly. I’m glad to see an audit finally beginning (as has been in law since 1990). I’ve been calling for this since my arrival in Congress, with my Defense Spending Accountability Act and language in the House Budget highlighting the importance of the audit.
“It’s important that we use what we learn from an audit to reduce waste and make the Pentagon much more accountable to the people it serves. Military readiness doesn’t equal spending for spending’s sake. We can have the best military in the world and tackle our national debt simultaneously, and I look forward to the results of the audit helping to guide the government in making progress on both of these important goals.” – 12.17
Rep. Lewis joined Reps. Keith Ellison and Peter Welch to introduce a bipartisan amendment the National Defense Authorization Act to cut wasteful spending by eliminating a $26 billion Pentagon slush fund. -07.17
Introduced H.R. 2040: Defense Spending Accountability Act to impose consequences on DoD for failure to meet statutory audit requirements. – 04.06.17
I absolutely support the closing of more military bases overseas. – 02.12.18 meeting with Bill Habedank and Roxanne Abbas in Burnsville Office