Foreign Affairs

Iran

The Iranian nuclear program presents the international community with a complex challenge.  It is in the national security interest of the United States and the world to compel Iran’s leaders to halt their nuclear weapons program.  Sanctions, combined with unified international diplomatic pressure, resulted in an agreement that is a significant step toward peacefully achieving thisgoal.

Susan announced her support for Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, reached between Iran, the United States, Russia Germany, China, France, and the United Kingdom. Susan is convinced that the Iran nuclear agreement creates a viable path to reducing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability now and for the future.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In the mid-1960s, Susan had the rare opportunity to live on a kibbutz in Israel and has returned to the region several times since.  While there are still many obstacles to a lasting peace, Susan is united with Americans, Israelis and Palestinians in our collective hope for peace and justice in the region.

Susan continues to believe that strong U.S. leadership and support is the best plan for bringing about a political process that can eventually pave the way for security and peace for the region.  Susan recognizes that a two state solution is the only realistic pathway to peace, and that all sides must come to the table determined to not allow fringe and extremist elements to use violence and intimidation to derail negotiations.

Afghanistan

As coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan, Susan is focused on providing resources to minimize the risk to our troops and to protect the accomplishments our service men and women have made over the last ten years.

Over Mothers Day weekend, Susan participated in a bipartisan trip to Afghanistan with other members of Congress to meet with female service members and Afghan women.

A key factor for a stable Afghanistan is the empowerment of women and girls in Afghan culture.  On annual visits to Afghanistan, Susan has met with U.S. servicewomen and men, female members of the Afghan National Army, the Afghan Parliament, and national leaders. She has been inspired by her meetings with young girls just trying to attain an education.  So many of the freedoms these women experience today would not have been possible without coalition involvement, and Susan believes it is our duty to preserve these advancements, even as we continue to drawdown.

In her position on the House Armed Services Committee, Susan made certain federal funds for the Afghan government contingent on the Department of Defense and the State Department ability to certify that Afghan women have a role in the country’s future. She has also been instrumental in ensuring that nearly $50 million of the funding authorized for the Afghan Security Forces Fund goes toward the recruitment, integration, retention, training and treatment of women in Afghan Security Forces.

Iraq

In 2002, Susan voted against the Iraq War (H. Res. 114).  She felt a unilateral use of force would isolate America from our allies around the world and reinforce the cause of our enemies.  She believed that former President Bush failed to use all non-military options and that there had not been sufficient planning for the occupation and rebuilding of Iraq in a post-Saddam Hussein era.

Since the removal of American combat forces from Iraq, Susan has supported the Obama Administration’s continued diplomatic engagement with the government of Iraq in an effort to ensure the Iraqi people are able to participate in the political process and their government can effectively work to stabilize those regions of the country still plagued by sectarian violence.

Mexico

Susan recognizes the importance of a strong relationship with Mexico. The San Diego region is a bi-national economic zone, generating billions of dollars in economic activity. Susan continues to work with local officials on both side of the border to strengthen the relationship of both countries.

Border infrastructure is key to improving the economic relationship. It is estimated that $7.2 billion is lost from delays and inefficiency at the border.  Susan has worked to bring federal funding home for a joint U.S.-Mexico project to double the lanes at the San Ysidro border crossing and build a new pedestrian bridge.

Asia

In her capacity as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Susan closely monitors and participates in discussions regarding the Administration’s strategic “Pivot to the Pacific” which reemphasizes our position in the Asia-Pacific realm while recognizing the ever expanding economic interdependence between the United States and Asia.  While we must continue our focus on other hot spots around the world, working with our allies in the Asia-Pacific region will solidify a strong front against the potential adversaries and threats to our economic well being.

China

The United States’ relationship with China remains one of our most important yet complex foreign policy challenges.  With a population of over 1.3 billion, and the second largest economy in the world, China is poised to become a world power, economically, diplomatically, and militarily. 

In recent years, Susan has traveled to China to better understand the opportunities and challenges that have resulted from their economic development.  She is focused on addressing some of the biggest challenges that confront the US-China relationship, including intellectual property, the current trade deficit, and currency manipulation. Susan is working closely with her colleagues on the US-China Working Group to bring about legislative action and positive change on these important issues.

As a member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Susan remains very concerned about human rights violations in China as well.  Between allegations of abuse against members of the Falun Gong, or China’s economic relationship with the government of Sudan, Congress must continue to exert pressure on China to reform their human rights practices.

Vietnam

Susan is a member of the Vietnam Caucus and works with her colleagues on issues of human rights and free speech.  She voted to make it clear that Congress supports putting Vietnam back on the Countries of Particular Concern list.  She also called on Vietnam to repeal laws restricting the Internet and the Vietnamese people’s freedom to share and publish information.  Susan continues to work with the executive branch in urging it to bring attention to Vietnam's mistreatment of political and religious prisoners.

More on Foreign Affairs

Oct 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis released the following statement on President Trump's announcement that he would not certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Trump/Russia investigation.

Mar 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the press conference of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“An Attorney General who needs to recuse himself on an investigation this important should not lead the Department of Justice.”

Feb 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus pressured the FBI regarding its investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

“This latest report of the White House pressuring the FBI to comment on a pending investigation can be added to a list – a list that keeps growing – of reasons to have a full, bipartisan and independent investigation into the 2016 election and the President’s Russian ties.

Jan 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees.

“America has always been a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. This executive order slams the door on those seeking refuge from violence and oppression and runs contrary to the values that have defined America for generations. We already have one of the most stringent and thorough screening processes for vetting refugees, taking years to complete.

Jan 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump reinstating the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. His Executive Order will restrict U.S. funding to organizations that provide basic health care and family planning services to the poorest families around the world.

“Reinstating the global gag rule is a threat to women’s health around the world. Studies have shows that access to family planning services actually reduces incidents of abortion.

May 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) joined with Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Susan Davis (D-CA) to introduce a resolution (H. Res. 750) urging the European Union (EU) to designate the entirety of Hizballah as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on the organization and its members.

Aug 27, 2015 Editorial
Aug 27, 2015 In The News

The pending vote on the Iran nuclear deal, for me, is like the 2002 vote to invade Iraq, which is still changing the course of history and countless people’s lives.

Our discussions then and today marshaled a full analysis of the pros and cons of our actions.

I opposed invading Iraq because I was convinced we had not exhausted all diplomatic options and questioned our lack of planning for the aftermath.

May 8, 2015 Press Release

Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and a bipartisan group of Congresswomen celebrated an early Mother’s Day with the troops in Afghanistan.  The trip included a meeting between the congressional delegation and the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani.