Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

https://emmer.house.gov/

Washington D.C. Office

503 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office

9201 Quaday Ave. NE, Suite 206
Otsego, MN 55330

Positions on MPP Peace Agenda

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

A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:

  1. Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
  2. By all accounts the Cuban people are worse off today than when [the embargo] started. So clearly that’s not working, he said. And I’m supportive of engaging in diplomacy, starting to re-engage in diplomatic relations with Cuba, to begin that process to hopefully someday getting to normalize that relationship. But it’s two separate things. One, it’s diplomacy, and down the road is normalization. – Minnpost 2/6/15

  3. Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
  4. After Rep. Emmer visited Ethiopia and Kenya, he views “aid can help countries prosper, which makes them and their citizens less likely to be threats to U.S. national security” – Slack, Donovan. “GOP Rep. Tom Emmer takes heat from right”. SCTimes. Sctimes.com. April 15, 2015

  5. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
  6. Rep. Emmer attended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. With the Iranian nuclear deal approaching, U.S. allied Yemen falling to terrorists, the horrific violence by ISIL threatening regional security and Israeli and US interests, it’s absolutely necessary for Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on the dire situation in the Middle East. It is imperative for Members of Congress to have open ears and an open mind for us to properly address these threats and their global impact. We must be able to listen to a world leader address the grave circumstances facing an ally in such trying times, regardless of political differences. – MPR News Capitol View Tom Scheck 2/10/15

B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
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  3. 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.
  4. By serving on this subcommittee, I can provide oversight of U.S. operations to combat Ebola, work with international organizations such as the United Nations and Peace Corps, and craft American policy to improve economic and political relations with the continent that is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies. https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/emmer-announces-subcommittees-house-committee-foreign-affairs commenting on his appointment to Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

  5. Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.
  6. Rep. Emmer and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) released a statement supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the understanding that the most effective means of diplomacy is through trade agreements and America’s trade surplus is “due to our inability to fully tap into developing regions along with a hesitation towards getting into additional trade agreements. This mentality of the past doesn’t work in the 21st century.” – Rep. Emmer’s website 5/4/2015

    After Rep. Emmer visited Ethiopia and Kenya, he views “aid can help countries prosper, which makes them and their citizens less likely to be threats to U.S. national security” – Slack, Donovan. “GOP Rep. Tom Emmer takes heat from right”. SCTimes. Sctimes.com. April 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. Tom Emmer and Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said Tuesday they were joining together to launch a Somalia Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The effort comes as the African country “emerges from decades of violent conflict and humanitarian crises,” the two said in a statement Tuesday.

    “We are committed to assisting the Somali government build on economic and security gains they have achieved,” the statement said. “Together, we represent some of the largest Somali-American communities in the United States; for us and the constituents we represent, Somalia is not a far off foreign policy issue, it’s a matter of domestic policy and national security.” – StarTribune 06.24.15

    Congressman Emmer returned from a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia in the spring of 2015. He said he had changed his mind about the benefits of foreign aid. Emmer now argues, foreign aid can be a win-win. It helps pave the way for development in other countries, boosting their economies and in turn creating demand for American exports in the future. He recounted how an encounter with a dairy co-op in Kenya that has been boosted by funding from the United States Agency for International Development helped show him the light. ‘A dollar spent on [foreign aid] is a dollar that we won’t have to spend on additional bombs and bullets and God forbid boots on the ground in the future,’Emmer noted.” – Think Progress article on web – http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/05/14/3658531/tom-emmer-foreign-aid/
    May 14, 2015

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

  1. Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
  2. Rep. Emmer states that “We must bring more accountability to the Department of Defense and work with defense contractors to bring costly programs within budget.” However, this was preceded by the statement “As emerging nations take aim at American military superiority, we must strive to protect proprietary information and advancements in weapons technology.” – Emmer’s website (July 2015)

    Congressman Emmer promotes military spending. In an increasingly dangerous and unstable world, it is vital that our men and women in uniform have the appropriate resources necessary to defend our country. In our budget, Congress not only provides more for our troops, but unlike the President’s budget, actually pays for it. – Tom Emmer https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/columns/house-budget-plan-would-set-us-right-fiscal-path 5/28/15

  3. Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
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  5. Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
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