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National Security and Foreign Policy


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 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation today chaired a subcommittee hearing on democracy and human rights in Asia.

Aug 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on today’s announcement of an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

“I welcome today’s announcement of an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations, including Israel’s commitment to suspending annexation. This is a promising step towards stability and peace in the Middle East. It is my hope that today’s agreement will lead to future constructive dialogues between Middle Eastern countries.”

Aug 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation released the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.

Aug 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, today chaired a subcommittee hearing on the Rohingya crisis.

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) today hailed the passage of the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill, written by the late Congressman John Lewis and cosponsored by Congressman Bera, would establish an exchange initiative between the United States and India to study the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed Congressman Ami Bera’s (D-CA) Securing America From Epidemics (SAFE) Act, which would authorize U.S. participation in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a public-private partnership developing vaccines for coronavirus and other highly infectious pathogens.

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) voted today for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House of Representatives in a strong bipartisan vote. The NDAA provides the annual budget for the Department of Defense (DOD).

Jul 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation yesterday held a briefing for Members of the Subcommittee to discuss gaps and next steps on biosecurity, threat reduction, and biotechnology advancements. Experts on the call included Dr. Beth Cameron, Vice President for Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative and former NSC Senior Director, Global Health Security and Biodefense; and Dr.

Jul 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation released the following statement after President Trump formally withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Communities around the United States are grappling with increasing cases of coronavirus and instead of funding a national testing strategy and ramping up testing and contact tracing, the President has chosen to cut testing and to shift the blame by withdrawing the United States from the WHO.

Jun 22, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation. Victor Cha is senior adviser and Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Georgetown University.

The unexplained periodic absences of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the past two months are troubling. Presumed health ailments for this obese smoker and drinker could leave his nuclear-armed dictatorship potentially leaderless overnight.