In 2002, Susan voted against the original authorization for former President Bush to use military force in Iraq (H. Res. 14). 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 all non-military options had not been exhausted 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 all American combat forces from Iraq, Susan has supported the Administration’s continued diplomatic engagement with the Maliki government 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.
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. Because she believes in providing more diplomatic resources for the Israeli-Palistinian crisis, and not less, Susan introduced legislation in the past which urged the President to appoint a special envoy for the Middle East. 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.
“It is in the national security interest of the United States and our allies to compel Iran’s leaders to halt their nuclear program. Sanctions, combined with unified international diplomatic pressure, are our best hope for peacefully achieving this goal.” - Rep. Susan Davis
The Iranian nuclear program presents the international community with a complex challenge. Though Susan recognizes America must play a key role in halting Iranian nuclear ambitions, she supports policies that will squeeze the Ayatollah’s regime into compliance but at the same time makes clear that a decision by the regime to eliminate the program will reap the windfall of positive economic and technological advances for the Iranian people as a whole.
In her capacity as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Susan has been closely monitoring and participating in discussions regarding the Administration’s strategic “pivot to the Pacific” which reemphasizes our status as a Pacific nation, and recognizes the ever expanding economic interdependence between the United States and Eastern Asian.
Security of the Korean Peninsula, territorial sovereignty of our allies and freedom of movement across the seas are amongst Susan’s highest priorities in the region.
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 people 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 and. Susan is working closely with her colleagues on the US-China Working Group to bring about legislative action on these important issues.
As a member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Susan remains very concerned about human rights violations in China. Between allegations of abuse against members of the Falun Gong, or China’s economic relationship with the government of Sudan, Susan believes Congress must continue to exert pressure on China to reform their human rights practices.
Susan is a member of the Vietnam Caucus in Congress and is working with her colleagues to bring about change there. In December 2010, she voted for H. Res. 20 to make it clear that Congress supports putting Vietnam back on the Countries of Particular Concerns (CPC) list. She also supported and voted for the passage of H. Res. 672, a resolution that calls on Vietnam to repeal statutes that restrict the Internet and the Vietnamese people’s freedom to share and publish information.