A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
Representative Stauber voted “No” to NDAA amendments to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMF. He also voted “No” to the Khanna-Gaetz “No War with Iran” amendment. – 07/20
Rep. Stauber has co-sponsored HR 649 to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. – 2019
Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
Rep. Stauber 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. Stauber 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. Stauber cosponsored H.R. 72 rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world. – 2019
Rep. Stauber cosponsored H.R. 246 opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. – 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.
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. Stauber voted in favor of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act [conference report to accompany S. 1790]. Rep. Stauber 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. Stauber 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. Stauber is a strong supporter of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet program. He was a signatory to an April 1, 2019 letter to the House Armed Service Committee and the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee advocating for increased support for the program. Also, Rep. Stauber penned an op-ed for the August 4, 2019 Duluth News Tribune advocating for the F-35 to be brought to the 148th Fighter Wing at the Duluth Air National Guard base. The op-ed was titled, “Mission launched to bring the F-35 to the Northland.” Here are some quotes from his op-ed: “The combat-proven F-35 is the national-defense strategy in action. It is the most lethal, survivable, and connected aircraft in the world….. Minnesota already plays a critical role in the F-35 program, with 24 suppliers across the state, accounting for 1,565 direct and indirect jobs and contributing more than $134 million annually to our state’s economy. Should the F-35 move to northern Minnesota, this economic prosperity would increase exponentially. Bringing the F-35 to the 148th Fighter Wing would modernize the base, ensure its continued positive impact in our community, and help protect our homeland and the security of our allies across the globe. For that reason, I, along with members of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, recently met with officials at the Pentagon to request the F-35 be based at the 148th. It is the duty of Congress to provide for our national defense, so I have made it my priority to base the F-35 here in the Northland.”
Rep. Stauber voted Yes on 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. Stauber 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.
Rep. Stauber 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