Rep. Jim Hagedorn (D-MN)

https://hagedorn.house.gov/

Washington D.C. Office

325 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2472

Mankato Office

11 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 301
Mankato, MN 5600

Positions on MPP Peace Agenda

FCNL.org and VoteSmart.org give voting record, position papers, etc.

A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:

  1. Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.

    Representative Hagedorn voted “No” to NDAA amendments to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMF. -07/20/19

    He also voted “No” to the Khanna-Gaetz “No War with Iran” amendment. – 07/20/19

    “I believe the United States must reinstate President Reagan’s military and foreign policy of ‘Peace through Strength’. This means electing leaders who will rebuild our nation’s defenses, project overwhelming strength to deal with adversaries, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. allies and steadfastly protect the American people from Islamic terrorists and all enemies, foreign and domestic.” – Hagedorn website

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

    Rep. Hagedorn cosponsored H.R. 2002 – The bill states that Taiwan is an important part of U.S. strategy in the region and urges the United States to conduct regular transfers of defense articles to enhance Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities.

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

    Rep. Hagedorn voted against 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. Hagedorn co-aponsored H.R. 246 Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.

    Rep. Hagedorn co-sponsored H.R.72 Rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world.

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.

    When peace advocates asked Rep. Hagedorn to support H.Res. 1274 to repeal the 2001 AUMF, a staff person replied that he would not co-sponsor this legislation and he voted against it in June, 2019

  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.

    Research Pending

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

    Research Pending

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.

    Rep. Hagedorn voted in favor of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act [conference report to accompany S. 1790]. Rep. Hagedorn had voted against 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. Hagedorn 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

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

    Rep. Hagedorn 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. 07/2019

    Rep. Hagedorn voted in favor of H. R. 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

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

    Voted against 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. Hagedorn voted NAY on S.J. Res. 7, a joint resolution to direct 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.] – April 4, 2019 (votesmart.org)

    Rep. Hagedorn voted NAY 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 (votesmart.org)