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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.

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Mar 29, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Robin Kelly (D-Matteson) filed a bill to address threats from white supremacist and far right organizations on Thursday.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, a bipartisan and bicameral coalition introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 1168). The legislation would establish baseline security requirements for IoT devices purchased by the federal government.

In the House, this effort is being spearheaded by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), the former chairman and ranking member of the IT subcommittee during the 115th Congress.

Jan 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Congresswoman Robin Kelly had been appointed to the Oversight and Reform Committee. Congresswoman Kelly’s appointment came after receiving a waiver from Speaker Pelosi, as Kelly also sits on the exclusive Energy and Commerce committee.

Jan 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly was appointed to three critical subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Congresswoman Kelly was appointed to the subcommittees on health, energy and consumer protection and commerce.

Jan 14, 2019 In The News

The record-setting partial government shutdown that enters its 24th day today is having a damaging effect on the nation's cybersecurity, both now and in the future.

Many agencies’ cybersecurity teams are down to skeleton staffs. Critical services related to cybersecurity are not being provided to the public. In addition, experts say, the shutdown is encouraging the most talented employees to leave for jobs in the private sector and will make it difficult to recruit in the future.

Dec 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, ranking member of the IT subcommittee, will introduce legislation to address cyber vulnerabilities created by the adoption of Internet-connected devices, commonly called ‘IoT’ or the ‘Internet of Things.’

Dec 7, 2018 In The News

A House lawmaker wants federal agencies to prioritize cybersecurity when buying internet-connected devices.

Oct 4, 2018 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, ranking member of the IT subcommittee and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, released this statement concerning the revelation of Russian GRU’s hacking attempt against the Organizations for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), part of a trend of Russian cyberattacks against intergovernmental organizations and national institutions:

Oct 4, 2018 In The News

The Department of Justice (DoJ) today announced that a grand jury has indicted seven officers, all Russian nationals and residents, in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Jul 23, 2018 In The News

At a time when everyone should be working to protect the integrity of our electoral system, Illinois may be an unwitting partner in throwing valid voters off the rolls.

On Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have pulled Illinois out of an inaccurate multistate voter registration crosscheck system. At a time when Illinois should be beefing up voting security, this takes us in the wrong direction.

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