A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
Rep. Hagedorn voted against 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)
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
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.
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 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)
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:
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. Hagedorn voted in favor of H.R. 4331: The Tibetan Policy and Support Act. 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. The bill passed 392-22. – 1/28/2020 (congress.gov/govtrack.us)
Rep. Hagedorn cosponsored H. Res. 791 – Condemning the actions of the Government of Iran and supporting the protesters in Iran, their demands for accountability, and their desire for the Government of Iran to respect freedom and human rights. – Jan. 14, 2020 (govtrack.us)
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
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. Hagedorn voted against H. Amdt. 527 to the H.R. 2500, the House version of the 2020 NDAA. This amendment 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.Hagedorn voted against H. Amdt. 530 to H.R. 2500, the House version of the 2020 NADA. The purpose of this amendment was to prohibit “funding for missiles non-compliant with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty until the Secretary of Defense meets certain conditions.” – July 11, 2019 (congress.gov)
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. Hagedorn voted against 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. 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
Rep. Hagedorn voted against 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. Hagedorn voted against 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. 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
Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
Rep. Hagedorn voted against S.J.Res. 36, S. J. Res. 37, and S. J. Res. 38. Each of these resolutions 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 resolutions passed both House and Senate, but were later over-ridden by the President. – July 17, 2019
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 and had previously passed the Senate, but was vetoed by the president.] – 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)