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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

National Security and Veterans

I emphasize the need to maintain peace and security at home and abroad, through diplomacy whenever possible. I opposed both the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq in the Wisconsin State Legislature, and I support the continued withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The use of chemical weapons in Syria was reprehensible and it deserved a united global response. We must continue to work with the international community to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

I believe our country must maintain a proper balance between security and liberty. I am committed to protecting the privacy rights of all Americans; as such, I am an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan and bicameral USA FREEDOM Act that would rein in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) blanket surveillance policies.

I remain committed to ensuring Wisconsin’s 400,000 veterans get the benefits they have earned. When our brave men and women return from foreign conflicts and retire from the military, the U.S. has a duty to provide them the support and care they deserve. I am committed to ending the VA backlog and am a co-sponsor of the Veterans Claims Efficiency Through Automation Act, which would allow the VA to streamline its services and serve veterans most in need. 

More on National Security and Veterans

Jul 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) applauded the House of Representatives for passing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would correct the military records of service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned.
Jun 26, 2019 Press Release
Today, as Americans celebrate LGBT Pride Month, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Katie Hill (CA-25), along with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), reintroduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act.
Apr 9, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today responded to Governor Scott Walker’s letter outlining his support for ‘President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions to secure America’s southern border.’ Walker’s letter comes three days after Pocan called on Walker to refuse to send any National Guard members from Wisconsin as part of President Trump’s plan.
Apr 6, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today wrote to Governor Scott Walker, calling on him to reject President Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard members to the southern border and refuse to send any National Guard members from Wisconsin.
Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to reverse military policy and ‘not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.’
Jul 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, calling for the agency to restore funding for two state veteran homeless programs after it was reported that the facilities would no longer receive federal funding.
Mar 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) led a letter with 39 Members of Congress to President Trump demanding he apologize for repeatedly spreading a lie that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Last week, the Chair of the House Intel Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, tried to spin Trump’s widely debunked wiretapping claims by releasing new unconfirmed information to the press concerning surveillance of associates to Trump.

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In light of the widespread Russian interference in the 2016 election, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Hank Johnson (D-GA) today introduced the Securing America’s Future Elections (SAFE) Act. This comprehensive legislation would safeguard our elections from future foreign cyber-attacks and interference by permanently classifying the integrity and security of our elections as a key component of critical infrastructure.

Feb 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today sent a letter to President Trump urging the full declassification of the Intelligence Community report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.”

Dec 13, 2016 Press Release

Madison – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement today after President-elect Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, as Secretary of State.

“President-elect Trump’s nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State, signals that US diplomacy is now in the pockets of big oil. Tillerson has spent his entire career putting the profits of Exxon over our country’s national interests.