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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona

National Security and Foreign Policy

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April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) issued the following statement:

“NATO is the most successful military alliance in history. Its seven decade long enforcement of the peace and defense of American and European democracy is a testament to its Member states’ military power, economic dynamism, and the strength of their free peoples meeting common threats as one.

March 27, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — The acting secretary of defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, is reviewing internal awards and punishments that were given to soldiers as a result of last year’s Pentagon investigation into a deadly 2017 ambush in Niger.

Earlier recommendations for the citations by Jim Mattis, the former defense secretary, were not sufficient, Mr. Shanahan told lawmakers on Tuesday.

March 26, 2019 In The News

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has ordered a new review into who should be punished for failures leading up to the Oct. 4, 2017 ambush in Niger, in which four U.S. soldiers were killed.

March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego again demanded answers regarding the fatal ambush in Niger in October 2017 during which four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien soldiers were killed. The final report is still tied up in the offices of the Secretary of Defense.

Video of Rep. Gallego’s questioning of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during todays House Armed Services Committee hearing can be found here.

March 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff seeking greater information about national security threats to military operations and communications posed by 5G technology provided by Chinese telecommunications firms. This letter comes in advance of Secretary Shanahan and Chairman Dunford’s testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, March 26. 

March 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego sent a letter to the military Service Chiefs demanding information about the effects that unplanned military operations – including President Trump’s diversion of troops and resources to the southwest border – are having on military readiness.

March 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) issued the following statement:

“On this 16th anniversary of the Iraq War, I’m remembering my friends who were killed, those who succumbed to their mental or physical wounds after coming home, and veterans and families that still support them or carry their memories.

March 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, reintroduced legislation to strengthen the process through which relatives of the President of the United States can obtain security clearances and thus gain access to our government’s most sensitive information.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released the following statement ahead of President Trump’s scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.

“What happens in Korea affects us and the entire world. That is why I’ve spent the last two years trying to ensure that President Trump doesn’t mortgage our national security for the sake of a photo-op with a dangerous adversary in Kim Jong-un,” Rep. Gallego said.