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Visiting our troops and Major General David Baldwin of the California National Guard.

We are living in an extraordinary time in world history. America remains the world’s dominant super power with the strongest economy and most powerful military. Many people around the globe are overcoming poverty and new economies and democracies are emerging. But while it is a time of promise, we are also facing serious and dangerous threats. Terrorism, the rise of authorianism across the globe, the spread of nuclear weapons, global pandemics, and climate change are just a few of the major challenges we are up against. At the same time, our planet is becoming a much smaller and more interconnected place with new technologies and global commerce.

We need strong leadership to help navigate these challenges to put the interests of our nation and people first, not politics. That means not only being vigilant and relentless, but also strong and wise. We need to work together to give our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to keep us safe, and also protect and defend the ideals that define us as the world’s greatest democracy.

Keeping Americans safe is my greatest responsibility as your representative in Congress. And as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, I’m proud to work regularly with Members in both parties to strengthen America’s security and global leadership.

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Sep 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement after the conclusion of the first-ever leader-level summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.

Sep 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, which passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support and provides the annual budget for the Department of Defense, includes three key amendments authored by Bera.

Sep 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) led 12 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging them to provide timely guidance on how the Administration will evacuate remaining Americans, lawful permanent residents, and vulnerable people out of Afghanistan.

Aug 27, 2021 In The News

Following news of the Taliban takeover, Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, began working to help more than 7,000 Afghan refugees get out of the country by forwarding requests to the State Department from Americans, Afghans and loved ones with family members who are unsafe in Afghanistan.

Bera joined Sonseeahray on FOX40 News at 11 a.m. to talk about the latest developments.

Aug 26, 2021 Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on today’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

“I join Americans across the country in mourning the tragic loss of U.S. service members killed in today’s heinous terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. I send my deepest condolences to their families and loved ones, as well as those of the innocent Afghans killed.

Aug 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement on President Biden’s decision to continue with the August 31 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“While I commend the Biden Administration and our brave men and women in uniform for safely evacuating over 70,000 individuals from Afghanistan thus far, there’s still more work to be done, and more evacuations to take place.

Aug 16, 2021 Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on Afghanistan.

Aug 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, issued the following statement in response to the decision by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to recall its ambassador to Lithuania over Vilnius’s decision to open a Taiwan representative office. 

“I support Lithuania and its decision to open a Taiwanese representative office in Vilnius, and strongly oppose the PRC Government’s retaliatory actions.

Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) voted for H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act. The legislation, which passed with a strong bipartisan vote in the House, includes critical funding to support the U.S. Capitol Police force, reimburses the National Guard deployed to the Capitol after the January 6th insurrection, and expands and streamlines the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to protect our Afghan partners who served alongside our troops in combat.

Jul 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) voted for the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act, legislation that would protect our Afghan partners who served alongside our troops in combat and will streamline the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.