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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Defending The Homeland

The defense and the security of our nation are extremely important to my work in Congress and our country as a whole. America's security impacts every single American and cannot become a partisan issue.

Since the horrendous attacks on September 11, 2001, threats to our nation's security have become more complex and have required America's security forces to adopt new and innovative tactics. From cyber attacks to home-grown terrorism, we need a nimble and strong response to these ever-evolving threats. We must make sure we provide the tools necessary to the federal agencies entrusted with keeping us safe.

While maintaining our military superiority is important to continue our fight in rooting out terrorism, we must also remember to protect and promote our exceptional standing among nations by engaging in active diplomacy. We can respond to emerging threats at home and abroad without sacrificing American values or the rights and liberties that are the bedrock of our democracy. 

 

More on Defending The Homeland

November 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of the House Oversight Committee today wrote to Director Charles S. Phalen, Jr. of the National Background Investigations Bureau to ask if any applicant for a security clearance other than Jared Kushner had ever been able to maintain that clearance after attempting to establish a secret, off-the-record backchannel with a foreign power.

November 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has introduced the Keeping Russian Entanglements Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks (KREMLIN) Act which would require the Director of National Intelligence to produce a National Intelligence Estimate on the political intentions of Vladimir Putin’s regime in the wake of its attempts to sabotage elections across the world.

October 31, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to the terrorist attack in lower Manhattan:

“My heart goes out to the victims of today’s terror attack in New York City and their families. This cowardly act of terror will be fought with the strength and resolve that New Yorkers are famous for. While the full details of the attacker will emerge in the coming days, I have no doubt that we will bring all those responsible to justice.

October 30, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of the House Oversight Committee issued the following statement on the first charges of the Mueller investigation:

October 19, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) joined Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Matt Cartwright (PA-17) in sending a letter to the Acting Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) demanding answers about the agency’s failure to disclose its concerns about efforts that would make it easier for drug distributors to break the law.

October 13, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will decertify the United States’ nuclear agreement with Iran:

“President Trump is planning to unilaterally decertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement and effectively deliver a self-inflicted wound to our national security and standing abroad. Only a week after Secretary of Defense Mattis stated that upholding this agreement was in our national security interest, President Trump is dismantling it.

October 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter, led by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), members of Congress are demanding the Trump administration terminate efforts to surveil and collect social media data on immigrants and American citizens.

A new proposal, set to go in effect on October 18, would impact immigrants, as well as all lawful permanent residents and naturalized American citizens including members of Congress like Jayapal, Kihuen, and Krishnamoorthi who were born outside the United States.

October 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to the White House's list of demands for an agreement to protect Dreamers after the end of DACA:

October 6, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Yesterday, Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Jamie Raskin introduced legislation to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate and report on hate crimes. Specifically, the commission would be charged with determining if there had been a rise in hate crimes, the causes of that increase, and how to combat it. The 12-person panel would have one year to prepare its report and its members would be appointed by the House and Senate leadership of both parties with equal representation from the civil rights and law enforcement communities.

September 19, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL—In response to the newest reports concerning the FBI’s investigation into former Trump chair Paul Manafort, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn urging him to inform Congress and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller as to whether or not the President is considering pre-emptively pardoning Paul Manafort and whether the President is under any obligation to inform Congress and the Special Prosecutor should he choose to do so.