July 21, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after two of his National Defense Authorization Amendments passed in the House. One creates reporting requirements on U.S. policy in Yemen, including requiring reporting on U.S. military support of the Saudi-led coalition. The other establishes an Office of Subnational Diplomacy at the State Department, which will enable the State Department to support city and state efforts to engage abroad.

"I'm pleased my colleagues support both these efforts to strengthen U.S. accountability and diplomacy. 

"I have been beating the drum on Yemen since 2015. I believe that our government hasn't done enough to explain our strategy in Yemen and justify our role in the conflict. My hope is that by improving State Department reporting requirements through this Amendment, Congress and the American people will have a clearer understanding of U.S. policy in Yemen and how our resources are being used there.

"On that note, when it comes to diplomatic efforts, we should be using resources efficiently and effectively. My second amendment reflects my belief that we have some of the smartest public servants at the State Department and their expertise would be invaluable to cities and states working on their own diplomatic efforts. If we create more cohesion in local and federal diplomacy, we will more effectively show the best America has to offer to our friends abroad.

"I look forward to continuing to push for these initiatives as the NDAA progresses through the legislative process."