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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

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In the discussion about how much budgetary support “the State Department should have, without objection, I would like to put into the record a letter from 120 three and four star flag officers urging that you have more resources” than the Administration suggested in its budget proposal.”

-Congressman Sherman’s remarks at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the FY 2018 Foreign Affairs Budget, June 14, 2017 
To view video of the hearing, please click here.

The Constitution “vests in Congress not only the power to declare war but control over the money that funds military operations. It also makes the President Commander-in-chief.  So, how do we wrestle with those competing constitutional provisions? President Jefferson did … In 2011, I proposed an amendment to say that no funds shall be spent in contravention of the War Powers Act and that has been part of the base bill for defense appropriations ever since.”

- Congressman Sherman’s remarks at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, “Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats,” July 25, 2017
For more information on this hearing and watch a recording, please click here.

Congressman Sherman takes a special interest in the following issues:

U.S. - Israel Relationship

U.S. - India Relationship

U.S. - Greece Relationship

U.S. - Armenia Relationship

Congressman Sherman is the second-ranked Democrat in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, and Chairman Emeritus of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.
 
He is also Chair of the Sindh Caucus, Co-Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus and an active member of caucuses related to: AremniaHellinic IssuesTamil Issues, Sri Lanka, Sikh, and other foreign policy issues.
 

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Dec 11, 2019

The final text of the annual defense bill released on December 9, 2019 includes an important provision authored by Congressman Brad Sherman to prevent Saudi Arabia from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The Sherman Amendment requires countries that want to sign an agreement (called a 123 Agreement) to purchase U.S. nuclear technology to agree to the Additional Protocol. The Additional Protocol is the strongest international nuclear safeguards and has been signed by over 130 countries.

Dec 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed S.178, the UIGHUR Act, as amended, which counters China’s brutal repression of the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, including the mass detention of over one million Uighurs in so-called “re-education” camps.

Sep 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, announced that on October 22nd at 10 a.m., the Subcommittee will soon hold a hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia.”

Feb 28, 2019

Washington (February 28, 2019) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation, and Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03) today introduced legislation that increases Congressional oversight over any civil nuclear cooperation agreement – or 123 agreement – between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Feb 28, 2019

Walking away from Hanoi without an agreement or substantive declaration was the right move. No deal is better than a bad deal, and this would have been such a bad deal that Trump could not have sold it even to his base.

Feb 26, 2019

Today the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation held a hearing with Bill Richardson, the former Governor of New Mexico and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Victor Cha, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, to preview President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s summit. Both Governor Richardson and Dr. Cha have extensive experience negotiating with the North Korean regime.

Feb 25, 2019

Congressman Brad Sherman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, today announced that Bill Richardson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of New Mexico, will testify before the Subcommittee on February 26th.

Jan 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been elected Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation by his Democratic colleagues on the Committee.

Congressman Sherman will be serving with Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-D).

Dec 21, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee, and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), the Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee introduced the Uighur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response (UIGHUR) Act.  The legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

Dec 19, 2018

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today introduced legislation that increases Congressional oversight over any civil nuclear cooperation agreement – or 123 agreement – between the United States and Saudi Arabia.