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National Security

In today’s global economy, maintaining strong relationships with foreign nations is essential to our national economy and security.  Our foreign policy must work to increase trade, promote economic growth, and advance democratic principles while protecting the health, safety, labor, and environmental rights of all nations.

I am proud to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and its National Security Subcommittee. Through this committee, I will work with my colleagues to advance the interests of the United States.

Protecting the hard-working men and women who serve on the front lines of America’s foreign policy and defense efforts is a responsibility I take seriously.  America’s global standing and security directly affect every one of us. I’m committed to ensuring that our military and diplomatic servants have the best resources available to enhance America’s relationships with our international partners in order to successfully defend our nation’s core values, and promote the rights of people across the world.

For more information concerning my work and views on National Security issues, please contact me.

More on National Security

Sep 15, 2020 In The News

A bipartisan bill setting minimum security standards for Internet of Things devices connected to federal networks passed the House Monday. The bill now awaits a Senate floor vote before heading to the president’s desk.

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set best practices for device security. The Office of Management and Budget would then create guidance for agencies to meet or exceed those standards.

Sep 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Robin Kelly’s (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd’s (R-Texas) cybersecurity legislation, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020, passed the House of Representatives. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require all IoT devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements. 

Sep 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) unveiled four white papers related to a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. The papers examine four key components that will greatly impact the development and implementation of AI technologies: Workforce, National Security, Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics.

The papers can be found here:

Aug 27, 2020 In The News

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and two-time Wash100 Award winner, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., plan to introduce legislation focused on driving research into artificial intelligence and its impact on ethics, national security and the workforce, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

Hurd told attendees at a Bipartisan Policy Center virtual event that the legislation is based on approaches detailed by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Aug 7, 2020 In The News

Many people feel the U.S. government has not done enough to anticipate and invest in the rise of artificial intelligence. Rep. Robin Kelly, a Democrat from Illinois, is trying to fix that.

Aug 6, 2020 Press Release

The U.S. must invest in research and development in artificial intelligence to stay ahead of China and other adversaries, argues a

Jul 30, 2020 In The News

US representatives Will Hurd and Robin Kelly are from opposite sides of the ever-widening aisle, but they share a concern that the US may lose its grip on artificial intelligence, threatening the American economy and the balance of world power.

Feb 28, 2020 In The News

As the Trump administration continues to set records for its number of acting officials, a bill introduced on Thursday would require acting intelligence and defense officials to testify periodically before Congress to increase accountability. 

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a member of the Oversight National Security subcommittee, introduced the National Security Transparency Act. This legislation would require senior national security leaders serving in an ‘acting’ capacity to regularly appear before Congress to ensure appropriate oversight on these critical departments.

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a member of the Oversight National Security subcommittee, released this statement on her intention to vote “Yes” on the War Powers Resolution related to Iran:


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