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.
Isolating Cuba separated the people of Cuba and their Cuban-American family members, and impaired our ability to build constructive relationships in Latin America. By restarting diplomatic relations and establishing a new embassy, the U.S. can start conversations on issues like commerce and human rights that have been dormant between our nations for too long. We applaud President Obama for his bold new approach and welcome news that, for the first time, both the U.S. and Cuba will attend the Summit of the America’s in 2015.
Rep. Ellison’s Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement – The historic agreement reached today proves the power of engagement over isolation ” we can choose peace over war. The world is safer thanks to the patient diplomacy and determination of President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and our P5+1 negotiating partners. – Press Release – 07.14.15
Rep. Ellison signed the Pastor/DeLauro letter to the President called for continued robust diplomacy with Iran. – 2/12/14
Rep. Ellison supports all provisions of the Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget: Diplomacy and Development increases investment in diplomacy and development to stabilize key regions of the world through smart security, provides vital development and humanitarian assistance, and increases tools to combat the horrors of drug and human trafficking and nuclear proliferation. – March 2015
I believe that America’s interests are best served by an increased and continued emphasis on diplomacy and development, which are the roles and responsibilities of our foreign service agencies. Congressman’s website 6/14/10
Rep. Ellison is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act 2009, which places great emphasis on aid effectiveness and the need to better coordinate U.S. foreign aid programs by requiring increased transparency. The Congressman believes that U.S. foreign assistance programs should be under civilian control in all but the most exceptional cases. -6/14/10
Rep. Ellison co-sponsored H.R. 4391, which prohibits U.S. assistance to Israel from being used to support the military detention, interrogation, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international humanitarian law or the use against Palestinian children of: (1) torture, inhumane, or degrading treatment; (2) physical violence or psychological abuse; (3) incommunicado or administrative detention; (4) solitary confinement; (5) denial of parental or legal access during interrogations; or (6) force or coercion to obtain a confession. – 11/17
Rep. Ellison joined 80 other House members in voting against H.Res 11 which criticized the Administration for abstaining from a UN Resolution condemning Israeli building of settlements in the West Bank. – January, 2017
Rep Ellison sponsored the Congressional Briefing International Juvenile Justice Reform: Children in Israeli Military Detention – 6/2/15
WASHINGTON Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after the negotiating period between Israel and the Palestinian Authority expired.
A lasting peace agreement between Israel and Palestine will require both sides to move beyond inevitable setbacks. Recent challenges in the process prove the need for more dialogue, not less. Both sides should commit to extending the current negotiations period to improve understanding and achieve a framework for peace.
The reconciliation of Hamas and Fatah presents not just a challenge but a potential opportunity for a durable peace agreement. I understand Israeli leaders opposition to negotiate with a unity government given Hamas refusal to recognize Israel and renounce violence. But any agreement that guarantees Israel’s long-term security and an independent Palestinian state will require peace with all the Palestinians, not just one faction. – Press Release, 4/29/14
Rep. Ellison cosponsored the Capps Letter which expresses concern about the breakdown of civilian infrastructure, including electricity, medical care, water, and sewage treatment, in the Gaza Strip due to Israel’s siege. The letter also expresses support for an immediate ceasefire. – 1/09/09
Rep. Ellison voted present on Res. 34, which recognizes the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirms U.S. strong support for Israel and supports the peace process. – Passed 1/09/09
Rep. Ellison cosponsored the Olver Letter to the Secretary of State which acknowledges the acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza and urges the U.S. to play a leading role in alleviating it. It also advocates for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and led to the Obama decision to release $20 million in emergency aid to the Gaza Strip. – 1/28/09
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.
Rep. Ellison spoke out on the House floor in favor of repealing the 2001 AUMF. “It’s time to repeal the 2001 AUMF”. – June 2014
Rep. Ellison signed on to a letter to the President saying in part: We appreciate your Administration’s continued efforts to implement the strategy to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as outlined in the bipartisan Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. “Vigorous diplomacy…chiefly from the newly appointed Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russell Feingold…will be critical. However, the continued presence of U.S. Special Forces deployed in the field to advise and assist regional African forces is essential to finishing the job. Simply put, there is no substitute for the expertise of U.S. Special Forces. – 8/07/13
Rep. Ellison is a co-sponsor of the bill to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace.
Rep. Ellison signed on to a letter to the President expressing opposition to fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He also co-authored an Op-Ed with Rep. Nolan expressing their concerns re the TPP. – Mpls. Star Tribune, 3/6/14
Rep. Ellison voted against Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea. – October 2011
His website states In achieving a full-scale reformation of U.S. foreign assistance management, it is important that the roles and budget of USAID be strengthened and expanded to oversee all aid-related initiatives and programs. The further development of developing or underdeveloped nations should be one of the three pillars of ensuring U.S. national security along with diplomacy and defense. 6/14/10
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.
Rep. Ellison supports all provisions of the Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget:
End Emergency War Funding Beginning in FY2017 limits Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to redemployment out of Afghanistan in FY2016 and zeroes out OCO thereafter, saving $761 billion compared to current law. Reduce Base Pentagon Spending reduces baseline military spending to ensure Pentagon spending does not continue to contribute significantly to our current fiscal burden, and establishes a responsible, targeted approach towards a sustainable defense budget.
Modernizing our Defense Posture achieves a smaller force structure with fewer personnel through attrition. A modern defense strategy must focus our armed forces on their strengths of crisis response, smart security, and deterrence. Our military needs to adapt to current threats and challenges, particularly cyberwarfare, nuclear proliferation, and non-state actors. No savings are obtained by reducing military personnel wages or benefits, including TRICARE and pensions. The proportion of private contractor personnel would be significantly reduced and their work transitioned to civilian personnel, curbing needless outsourcing that creates excessive cost overruns. Additional reforms include the decommissioning our Cold War-era nuclear weapons infrastructure, as outlined by the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, and reducing procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) spending by making smarter procurement choices.
Audit the Pentagon – As the only federal agency that cannot be audited, the Pentagon loses tens of billions of dollars annually to waste, fraud, and abuse. It is past time to check the wasteful practices with little oversight that weaken our financial outlook and ultimately, our national security. – March 2015
Rep. Ellison is cosponsoring H.R. 4608, which would repeal the 2001 Use of Military Force (AUMF), that has served as the justification for not only the Iraq War, but the War in Afghanistan, armed drone attacks, widespread wiretapping, indefinite detentions in Guantanamo and more – Friends Committee on National Legislation website, July 2015
Rep. Ellison voted aye, along with 190 of his colleagues, on Rep. Schiff’s amendment to the NDAA to repeal the Authorization of the Use of Military Force. There were 233 votes against it. – 05/22/14
Rep. Ellison cosponsored the Schiff and Lee bills to repeal the A.U.M.F. – May 2014
Rep. Ellison voted in favor of the Schiff Amendment which would have restricted the use of funds in the Military Appropriations Bill for any use of force under the legal rationale of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) after December 31, 2014. Failed 185 – 236. – July 2013
Rep. Ellison is for arms control and reduction of weapons and supports the treaties that ban land mines and cluster munitions. Rep. Ellison believes we should greatly decrease spending on military hardware and national missile defense. He favors an increase in salary and benefits for veterans. – Project Vote Smart, January 2012
Rep. Ellison voted for the Mulvaney/Frank Amendment to cut $1.1B from the Defense Appropriations Bill. – 07/19/12
Co-sponsored the War is Making Us Poor Act – June 2010
Opposed expansion of missile defense shield. – Project Vote Smart June 2010