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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Foreign Affairs

I believe that effective U.S. foreign policy requires a strategic blend of military, diplomatic, and economic solutions.  As we seek stability in the Middle East, we must actively support our regional allies like Israel and Jordan, effectively root out terrorist organizations and terror funding, and combat extreme ideologies which create volatility. As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand that we cannot afford haphazard engagement or unclear strategies; our national security must be prioritized above partisan politics.

Further, the U.S. must continue to remain vigilant regarding rising threats, whether they be transnational terrorism or aggression by a large nation.  When governments overstep national boundaries, they create precedents for acquiring territory by force and international stability is put at stake.  As these nations push the limit through small acquisitions, the U.S. must execute a zero-tolerance policy through economic sanctions and regional military support.

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More on Foreign Affairs

August 22, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy:


“The President's regional, diplomatic and enemy-focused strategy on Afghanistan is a welcome relief to all of us that have invested our lives in Afghanistan in service to our Republic. For the sake of our nation, the people of Afghanistan, and those we’ve lost, let's get the job done rather than quit.”

April 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last night, Congressmen Steve Russell (R-OK) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) issued a joint statement in response to President Donald Trump's military airstrike against Syria. Russell and Moulton serve as chairmen of the Warrior Caucus, a bipartisan group of combat veterans committed to rising above partisan politics to address national security issues.

February 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services.

February 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) and 15 bipartisan Members of Congress, all military veterans, sent a letter to President Trump asking for special exemption considerations for certain classes of refugees.


Read a copy of the full letter here.


The signees of the letter are:


Steve Russell (OK-5)

Seth Moulton (MA-6)

Ralph Abraham (LA-5)

Scott Perry (PA-4)

Mike Coffman (CO-6)

January 31, 2017 In The News

One of Oklahoma’s congressional leaders is asking President Donald Trump to make exceptions to his executive order banning travel from seven countries. Representative Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma, told FOX 25 he is joining with other members of Congress who are combat veterans to make the request.

January 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement on his support of H. Res 11, expressing opposition to the US’ abstention from a UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s right to build settlements:


January 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a retired Lt. Col who served 21 years in the Army, issued the following statement condemning the latest release of four detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by an executive order:

December 23, 2016 Press Release

Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke with C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan to talk about the importance of checks and balances, bipartisanship in Congress, and his biggest accomplishments in his first term in office.

On Checks and Balances in Government:

December 19, 2016 Press Release

Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released the next installment of his ongoing Waste Watch series. The Christmas Edition for 2016 highlights 10 items of government waste, totaling almost $140 billion dollars in taxpayer funds.