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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Foreign Policy


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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Aug 13, 2020

Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), former Chair of the Asia, Pacific and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting answers to a number of questions on the U.S. government’s efforts to address Saudi Arabia’s partnership with China’s civilian nuclear establishment, as well as to prevent Saudi Arabia from conducting activities which could lead to a nuclear weapons capability.

Jul 22, 2020

Washington D.C. – Today Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) announced that he will seek the Chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “For almost 24 years, I have served on, and dedicated my professional life to, the Foreign Affairs Committee. I have served on every one of the Committees’ six subcommittees, and I have served as Chair or Ranking Member of a Foreign Affairs subcommittee for over 17 years,” said Congressman Sherman.

Jul 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (H.R. 7440), introduced by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who formerly chaired the Asia Subcommittee, along with the Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee Ted Yoho (R- FL). This was the House version of legislation first introduced by Senators Toomey and Van Hollen, to require the imposition of sanctions on foreign individuals and banks that participate in China’s oppression of Hong Kong.

Jun 12, 2020

For many decades, the pro-Israel community has united behind one proposition: that final status issues should be negotiated directly between the parties.

Jun 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who formerly chaired the Asia Subcommittee, announced the introduction of the House version of S. 3798, led by Senators Toomey and Van Hollen, to impose mandatory sanctions on foreign individuals and banks that violate China’s obligations to Hong Kong.

Jan 31, 2020

Washington, DC - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), along with Jim Banks (R-IN) and a group of eight bipartisan members, including the Chair and Ranking Member of the Asia, Pacific, and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, introduced a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Dec 19, 2019

Today the United States and India announced the establishment of an annual U.S.-India Parliamentary Exchange, an initiative spearheaded by Congressmen Brad Sherman and George Holding, the Co-Chairs of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

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.”