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
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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
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Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump failed to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Now, any one of the House and Senate Majority and Minority leaders may introduce legislation to reimpose the sanctions that were waived by the deal within 60 days and such legislation, if introduced, will require only 50 votes in the Senate. Congressman Sherman, a senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that includes $2 million in funding for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and $4 million in funding for the development of the U.S.-Israel Energy Center.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman, the second-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, announced new Foreign Affairs Subcommittee roles for the 115th Congress.
Sherman will remain the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Asia and was named the second-ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, where he will focus on Russia and President Trump’s relationship with Russia.
Congressman Sherman met with Ambassador Navtej Sarna and discussed the strategic relationship between the US and India.
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Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement following news of terrorist attacks against India.
“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on India’s Uri army base on Saturday September 17, which led to the deaths of 18 Indian soldiers. This attack is yet another reminder of the threat international terrorism poses.”
Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) lead a bipartisan letter to European Union Ambassador H.E. David O’Sullivan, urging the European Union to designate a Mahan Air as a terrorist entity. Mahan Air, an Iranian airline which has already been designated a terrorist entity by the United States, provides material support to terrorist organizations and lethal aid to Assad’s regime in Syria. A designation by the European Union would prevent Mahan Air from flying to and from Europe.
Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) received the Award of Excellence from the Republic of Vietnam War Veterans Association of the San Fernando Valley. Sherman received the award in recognition of outstanding service to the Vietnamese community and the American and South Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
Washington DC –After reading the 28 classified pages of the 9/11 report, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called for their public disclosure and for direct answers to questions raised in the report. Sherman will join with his colleagues in sponsoring a resolution that would call on the administration to declassify this chapter of the report.
Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman released the following statement following news that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was formally invited to speak before a joint session of Congress.
“I am pleased that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be able to address a Joint Session of Congress this year. In 2014, I led the effort, and was joined by more than 80 of my colleagues, in trying to encourage then-Speaker John Boehner to invite President Modi to give such an address shortly after he had assumed office.
Washington DC – In recognition of the anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has called yet again on the administration and Congress to properly recognize this tragic event.
“Beginning in 1915 the Ottoman government began implementing its plans to expunge the Armenian people from its territory—an event which meets all the definitions of the word ‘genocide.’ An estimated one and a half million people perished.