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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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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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December 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) today introduced the Georgian Fair Business Practices Sanctions Act of 2017 (H.R. 4563). This legislation is a response to several examples of the Government of Georgia violating contracts with U.S. entities and our allies, often after significant investment of time, energy, and capital by U.S. individuals and entities.

October 27, 2017 In The News

Following the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month, key Capitol Hill lawmakers said they didn't even know the Pentagon had troops there. So, what's going on? Larry looks for answers with Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK).

 
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.”

August 8, 2017 In The News

Congressman Steve Russell stopped by the FOX 25 studios Tuesday to discuss North Korea, Trump's recent changes to military policy and his latest Waste Watch report.

On Tuesday, President Trump threatened "fire and fury" against North Korea after reports that the country has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

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: