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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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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.

Jul 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, co-chaired a subcommittee hearing on U.S.-European Cooperation on China and the Broader Indo-Pacific. Co-chairing the hearing alongside Chairman Bera was Representative William Keating (D-MA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber.

Jul 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Representative Ami Bera’s (D-CA) Securing America From Epidemics (SAFE) Act. The SAFE Act would authorize United States participation in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a public-private partnership developing vaccines for COVID-19 and other highly infectious pathogens that could become the next global pandemic. The bipartisan legislation was introduced with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

Jul 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act, which included key legislation authored by Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation. The EAGLE Act includes Bera-led H.R. 3972, the Taiwan Peace and Stability Act, H.R. 3084, the Taiwan Fellowship Act, as well as key provisions from Rep. Bera’s H.R.

Jun 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the one-year anniversary of the promulgation of the intentionally-vague national security law in Hong Kong, the four leaders of Congress’s foreign relations subcommittees on Asia sent a letter to President Biden regarding the continued crackdowns on freedoms of speech and press in Hong Kong.

Jun 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, led a bipartisan group of national security leaders in Congress in introducing the bipartisan H.R. 3972 - Taiwan Peace and Stability Act, legislation that signals a path forward on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Specifically, the legislation strengthens U.S.

Jun 16, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week seeking to boost U.S. support for Taiwan, part of an effort in Congress to take a hard line in dealings with China.

Jun 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, yesterday chaired a Subcommittee hearing on democracy in the Indo-Pacific.

Jun 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the four leaders of Congress’s foreign relations subcommittees on Asia – Representative Ami Bera, M.D.

May 25, 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 the ongoing political turmoil in Samoa.

“I am deeply concerned about the electoral impasse in Samoa. I urge the two political parties to settle their disputes and uphold the results of the elections, which have been confirmed by the judiciary.  

The will of the Samoan people must be respected, and the democratic process and the rule of law must be defended.”