A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
On March 11, 2020, Rep. Stauber voted against S.J. Res. 68, a joint resolution to direct removal of US Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress. The resolution passed the House 227-186 after having previously passed the Senate. However, President Trump vetoed it on May 6, 2020. (congress.gov & govtrack.us)
Rep. Stauber 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 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. – 07/19
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. -12.06.19 (congress.gov)
Rep. Stauber 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)
“I am and always will be a strong supporter of Israel as they are our closest ally in the Middle East. I wholeheartedly support this resolution condemning the anti-Semitic BDS movement and am pleased to see its passage out of the House because attempts to de-legitimize Israel are both wrong and detrimental to future peace negotiations,” quote from Rep. Stauber. In a statement from the Problem Solvers Caucus after the passage of H. Res. 246 opposing the BDS movement. -July 24, 2019 (votesmart.org)
On 6/24/2019, Rep. Stauber cosponsored H.Res. 246 opposing efforts to de-legitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. He also voted for the resolution, which passed 398-17 on July 23, 2019. (congress.gov)
On 4/10/2019, 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. The bill passed by voice vote on 7/23/19. (congress.gov)
Rep. Stauber cosponsored H. Res. 72 rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world. – Feb. 13, 2019 (congress.gov)
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. Stauber voted yes on H. Res. 387: Condemning continued violence against civilians by armed groups in the Central African Republic and supporting efforts to achieve a lasting political solution to the conflict. The resolution passed 378-7. – March 3, 2020 (congress.gov)
Rep. Stauber 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. Stauber 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. 15, 2020 (govtrack.us)
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. Stauber 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. Stauber 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.
Rep. Stauber became a cosponsor of H.R. 2153, the Keeping Girls in School Act, the main goal of which is “to support empowerment, economic security, and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.” – 06/14/19 (congress.gov) [The bill passed by voice vote on Jan. 28, 2020. (govtrack.us)]
Rep. Stauber is one of 15 signatories of a letter to President Trump asking him for “bold and immediate action to revive and expand the domestic uranium industry”. The letter said that “The domestic uranium industry is vital to both our energy and national security. Unfortunately, U.S. uranium mining is at now its lowest levels in over eight decades.” – October 8, 2019 (votesmart.org)
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 was one of a group of signers of a letter to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee which requested 98 F-35 fighter aircraft for FY2021, 19 more than the President’s budget requested. – March 18, 2020 (larson.house.gov press release)
Rep. Stauber 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. 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) –
Rep. Stauber 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. Stauber 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. 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. – 01.22.19 (votesmart.org)
Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
Rep. Stauber was signatory, along with a majority of members of the House, to a letter to Sec. Of State Pompeo asking for diplomatic action by the U.S. to renew the expiring U.N. arms embargo against Iran and also to renew U.N. travel restrictions against Iranians who have been involved in violations of U.N. weapons restrictions. – May 4, 2020 [press release from House Foreign Affairs Committee]
Rep. Stauber voted in support of S. 178: the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, a bill 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. This bill directs the President to impose sanctions and export restrictions on the sale of technology items that can be used in the surveillance, identification, and detention of individuals. The bill passed the House 407-1. – Dec. 3, 2019 [govtrack.us]
Rep. Stauber 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
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
Rep. Stauber voted NAY on S. J. Res. 7, 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 247-175 and had previously passed the Senate, but was vetoed by the president.] – April 4, 2019 (congress.gov)
Rep. Stauber voted NEA 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 (congress.gov)