Tim Walz

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)

http://walz.house.gov/

Washington D.C. Office

1034 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2472

Mankato Office

527 ½ South Front Street
Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 388-2149

Rochester District Office

1202 ½ 7th Street NW, Suite 211
Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 206-0643

Positions on MPP Peace Agenda

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

A. Resolve Conflicts through Diplomacy

  1. Promote stability in the Middle East by withdrawing all US military forces from the area, replacing US military aid with development aid and engaging diplomatically with all nations in the region.
  2. The emergence of the terrorist group ISIL has presented a new threat to the United States and free people across the globe. While the previous war in Iraq that has concluded was a war of choice, the threat from ISIL is real. America and our allies must take proactive action to degrade and destroy ISIL and let it be known that any country who provides a safe haven to these radical terrorists is an enemy of the United States. The President has the authority to launch expanded airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, he must come to Congress for authorization before taking any warranted action in Syria against ISIL. – July 2015, Walz website

    Unlike the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan was not a war of choice. It has been a war forced upon us by the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001. In general, I support the President’s strategy to responsibly remove combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. As we move forward, we must continue to remain vigilant to ensure that no country provides a safe haven to terrorists who wish to harm Americans. – July 2015, Walz website

    Rep. Walz Votes aye on amendment #21 offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The 2001 AUMF was passed in the wake of September 11, 2001. in addition to authorizing the Afghanistan war, its broad scope gives the president unprecedented power. It is the legal justification for drone killings, mass surveillance and military special operations around the world. – 05.22.14, FCNL

    Rep. Walz voted in favor of all U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The bill also states that the president needs specific new congressional authorization to leave any U.S. troops in Afghanistan past that date. – 06/13/13

    Rep. Walz voted against the Lee Amendment to H.R. 5656 to fund only the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. – 07/08/12

    If data shows that American troops are a catalyst for violence then it is imperative that all of our troops are brought home immediately. However, if it is possible to stabilize Iraq before leaving then we must work to achieve measurable milestones such as clean drinking water and improved electiricity, We must then turn over responsibility to a regional security force before bringing our troops home. Project Vote Smart – 2011 Survey

    Rep. Walz supports the withdrawal date of 2014 as long as we “do it right,” with careful planning of how to remove trioops, what we can leave behind legally, what we can sell and what we can bring home. – John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aide, 11/15/11

    Rep. Walz voted for the McGovern/Jones amendment to require the President to present a plan with a timeframe and completion date for the transfer of military operations to Afghan authorities. – May 2011

    Rep. Walz voted yes to requiring an Exit Strategy for Afghanistan – Amdt #3 to Military Authorization Bill 06/25/09

  3. Implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran without additional sanctions, and restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
  4. Rep. Walz announced that he would vote to support the Iran nuclear agreement. 08.11.15

    Rep. Walz signed the Pastor/DeLauro letter to the President called for continued robust diplomacy with Iran. – 2/12/2014

    Rep. Walz signed on to the Dent-Price letter to President Obama calling Hassan Rouhani’s election a “major potential opportunity,” and urging Obama to seize the moment for new negotiations. He also cosponsored and voted for H.R. 850, entitled the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act,” which seeks to impose additional sanctions on U.S. allies for their ongoing trade with Iran. NIAC and others including the Obama administration have serious concerns that the bill would undermine rather than advance U.S. and international efforts to ensure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons and would make war more, not less, likely. – July 2013

    Rep. Walz voted for the Lee amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to appoint a Special Envoy for diplomacy with Iran; lift the ‘no contact ban’ that currently bars U.S. diplomats from talking with their Iranian counterparts; and prohibit a pre-emptive attack on Iran without congressional authorization. 05/18/12

    Rep. Walz chose not to sign on to the Ellison/Jones letter to the President asking that he “utilize all available tools of diplomacy to resolve the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program and prevent another costly war in the Middle East”. – March 2012

    Rep. Walz voted in favor of the so-called Iran Threat Reduction Act which calls for severe indiscriminate sanctions as well as an anti-diplomacy provision that prohibits U.S. government employees in any official or unofficial capacity from contacting anyone who is affiliated with the Iranian government and who presents a threat to the United States or is affiliated with terrorist organizations. – 12/14/11

    While the Congressman feels that diplomatic efforts are the first line of defense, with a military intervention being the last, in regard to Iran, we need to take “calm, measured, appropriate” actions. Because of the human rights abuses and with Iran having nuclear capabilities, Iran is not always receptive to diplomatic efforts. It was recently reported Ahmadinejad stated that the financial sanctions were taking their toll and the Congressman feels we should continue with them. -John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aide, 11/15/11

  5. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
  6. Rep. Walz voted in favor of 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. Walz believes that the U.S. should upport the creation of a Palestinian State and provide leadership in the peace process. – Project Vote Smart, March, 2012

    The Congressman feels that aid to Palestine should not be cut because of their applying for membership in the U.N. – John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aide, 11/15/11

    Rep. Walz voted for H.Res. 867 which calls on the President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’. This report finds both Palestine and Israel guilty of human rights violations.

    Rep. Walz voted yes on Res. 34, which recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirms U.S. strong support for Israel and supports the peace process. – Passed 1/09/09

    Rep. Walz cosponsored H.Res. 130 which expresses support for the appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. The resolution quotes Senator Mitchell on the resolvability of conflicts and also quotes President Obama on his concern regarding the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2/4/2009.

  7. Limit US involvement in African nations' internal affair to strengthen civil society, support domestic development, and mediate domestic conflicts when disputing parties request assistance.
  8. Rep. Walz has agreed to co-sponsor HRes 128, Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia. -05.03.17

    Rep. Walz 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. – 08/07/13

  9. Continue normalization of relations with Cuba by lifting the trade embargo and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
  10. Rep. Walz voted against Free Trade Agreements with Columbia and Panama. – October 2011

    Rep. Walz was a cosponsor of the Export Freedom to Cuba Act which allows travel between the United States and Cuba. – 2007

    Rep. Walz was a cosponsor of the Agricultural Export Facilitation Act of 2007. This act facilitates the sale of United States agricultural products to Cuba, as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

  11. Lead diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war engaging all interested parties.
  12. Rep. Walz informed MPP that he is opposed to legislation that would require the President to seek approval of the Congress to increase ground troops in Syria. 05.03.17

    HR 507 Rep. Walz vote aye. This legislation authorizes the Administration to fund arms and training for Syrian rebel groups. U.S. weapons have already ended up in the hands of the Islamic State after being provided to (or abandoned by) groups in Syria nd Iraq. – 09.17.14, FCNL

B. Build an international infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations by becoming a signatory to the International Criminal Court and International Human Rights Treaties, respecting and upholding international law including military nonintervention, and promoting universal human rights.
  2. Rep. Walz failed to cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act. – Fall 2013, That’s My Congress

    Rep. Walz believes that the U.S. should maintain its financial support of the United Nations and commit troops to U.N. peacekeeping missions. – Project VoteSmart – March 2012

    The Congressman opposes a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security. Project VoteSmart – March 2012

    Rep. Walz does not feel that our dues to UNESCO should be cut due to the agency’s accepting Palestine as a member. – John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aide, 11/15/11

  3. Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, mediation and conflict-resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
  4. Rep. Walz failed to cosponsor HR808 which would have created a cabinet level Department of Peace. – Fall 2013, That’s My Congress

    Rep. Walz feels that the U.S. should use diplomatic and economic pressure, not military force, to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. He is opposed to attempts to remove the current government from power. – Project VoteSmart – March 2012

    Rep. Walz voted to defund the United States Institute of Peace in Feb. 2011; then voted against its deauthorization in May 2011.

  5. Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies.
  6. Today, Congressman Tim Walz released the following statement after voting to extend funding for transportation projects nationwide. Without the extension, funding for these projects would halt on April 1. We need to invest in a 21st century infrastructure system. We need to pass a robust, bipartisan highway bill that will repair our roads and bridges right here at home. Rep. Walz’ website, 3/30/2012

    Rep. Walz voted against Free Trade Agreements with Columbia and Panama and for the Agreements with South Korea. – October 2011

  7. Take a leadership role in international agreements on climate change, including reduction of emissions that cause global warming, and develop energy alternatives.
  8. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that human activity has warmed the planet through the release of greenhouse gases and that, without swift action, we will continue to warm the planet to a point that will be harmful for human life. Furthermore, with an ever-increasing human population, it is more and more critical that we develop energy resources that are renewable and do not leave us dependent on countries halfway around the globe. Finally, as we recover from the worst economic crisis in decades, we need to develop the next generation of jobs that can help fuel our return to prosperity while also helping us to become energy independent, and to combat climate change.

    Since coming to Congress, I have pursued public policies that help us achieve these goals. I introduced a bipartisan energy bill that would represent one of the largest investments in renewable energy in history. In addition, I have supported legislation to restrict carbon emissions and create a free-market based system to incentivize the development of renewable energy, and introduced legislation that would encourage local ownership of wind energy turbines, creating homegrown jobs developing and servicing wind farms. I’ve also helped create farm and fuel legislation to help spur the next generation of biofuels, and shown my support for extending and expanding tax incentives for energy efficient appliances and automobiles.
    As long as I serve in Congress, rest assured that I will do everything in my power to advocate for policies that invest in renewable energy, reverse the global warming trend, make us energy independent and create new, clean energy jobs. – Walz website – March 2016

    Rep. Walz voted yes on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R.2454): To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. – Passed 06/26/09

C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic response to conflicts:

  1. Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
  2. Rep. Walz remains a staunch supporter of openness and transparency in government, especially regarding congressional request for money. “I pushed for reform to require all Members of Congress to post this information on their website and I am proud to say that this was required for all Fiscal Year 2010 request.” – Walz’ website, July 2015

    Rep. Walz voted in favor of H.R. 1615 which required the Department of Homeland Security to finalize and issue an updated regulation implementing the Freedom of Information Act requirement that fees and costs must be accounted for. – 3/25/15

    Rep. Walz voted, 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. Walz earned a 100% positive rating from Peace Action West in 2012 and 2013 on all votes related to nuclear weapons. In Dec. 2012 he told MPP that he supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons world-wide.

    Rep. Walz voted against 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. Walz voted in favor of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. – 06.14.13

    Rep Walz voted for the Quigley Amendment to reduce funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration – 7/10/13

    Rep. Walz voted for the Mulvaney Amendment on Cutting War Funding. Submitted by Reps. Mick Mulvaney (SC), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Mike Coffman (CO) and Patrick Murphy (FL), this amendment cuts $3.5 billion from the proposed budget for Overseas Contingencies Operations, broad funding for war. (Passed by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 403). 7/24/13

    Rep. Walz voted against the Mulvaney/Frank amendment to cut $1.1B from the Defense Appropriations Bill. – 07/19/12

    Rep Walz voted in favor of National Defense Authorization Act Amendment #42 to limit funding for the Department of Defense to a cap set by the Budget Control Act, reducing the top line number by $8 billion. – May 2012

    Rep. Walz is reluctant to cut military personnel and Veterans benefits but does support reduction in procurement e.g. the Osprey aircraft and the “alternate engine. He supported an amendment to the budget which would cut these two programs but it did not get passed. This amendment would have saved 2.9 billion over 5 years. The Congressman and his staff have not studied the matter of base closings carefully but he would assess each situation individually to reduce our foot print on the planet. – John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aide, 11/15/11

  3. Negotiate and approve agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, that reduce the risk of war.
  4. Rep. Walz informed MPP that he is opposed to requiring the President to seek Congressional approval for a 1st strike of a nuclear weapon. Walz explained that he considers this an operational, not a strategic, decision. -05.03.17

    Rep. Walz failed to cosponsor Rep. Markey’s bill, H.R. 1506, which would have blocked funding for new long-ranger bomber aircraft, reduced the number of American nuclear-powered submarines cruising the world’s oceans, and cut the number of intercontinental ballistic missiles armed with nuclear weapons. – Fall of 2013, That’s My Congress

    Rep. Walz voted for the Mulvaney Amendment on Cutting War Funding. Submitted by Reps. Mick Mulvaney (SC), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Mike Coffman (CO) and Patrick Murphy (FL), this amendment cuts $3.5 billion from the proposed budget for Overseas Contingencies Operations, broad funding for war. (Passed by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 403). 7/24/13

    Rep. Walz earned a 100% positive rating from Peace Action West in 2012 and 2013 on all votes related to nuclear weapons. In Dec. 2012 he told MPP that he supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons world-wide.

    Rep. Walz voted to transfer $17M from the troubled MOX plutonium program to secure or remove bomb-grade nuclear material around the world. – 06.06.12

  5. Reaffirm US commitment to the Geneva Conventions, US Rules of Engagement and US Code of Military Conduct.
  6. While we must hold other countries accountable for human rights abuses abroad, it is also essential that America provides an example for other nations to follow. I believe that torture weakens us diplomatically and militarily, and makes us less secure. That is why I have been a cosponsor of the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act in the past. I will continue to support any measure that broadcasts America’s commitment to opposing all forms of torture. – July 2015, Walz Website

    Rep. Walz voted for the Moran Amendment to the NDAA to strike sections of the bill that would restrict funding for the transfer or release of detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States or another sovereign country. Failed 175-247. – 07/24/13

    Rep. Walz supports the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody. – Project VoteSmart – March 2012

    The Congressman was a co-sponsor of HR2567 to the National Defense Authorization Act which will make the actions of WHINSEC/SOA more transparent and is in favor of its closing. – John Shipe, Foreign Policy Aid, 11/15/11