Rep. Elissa Slotkin Profile picture
Congresswoman for Michigan's 8th Congressional District. Proud Michigander. Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, CIA analyst.
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Jan 20 6 tweets 1 min read
I received a briefing this morning from @DeptofDefense on the situation in Ukraine and, without going into the classified details, I’ll just say this: it was disturbing. 1/6 Despite the fact that Putin has fabricated this entire crisis, the world is watching the U.S. response. If Russia can just invade, without significant costs, what does that say longterm to China or any other aggressor who may test Washington’s mettle? 2/6
Dec 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I want to tell you about my visit to St. Joseph’s Hospital this morning after the warnings I’ve gotten from health leaders across the state: As COVID cases in Michigan soar, our hospitals are filling up & health workers simply don’t have the staff or resources they need. Hospitals like this one & Sparrow are over capacity in their ICU. Patients are in beds lining the halls; waiting rooms have become treatment sites for ER visits. Health workers have been pushed & pushed over the past 20 months & now they're reaching their limits.
Nov 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I am thankful — and so grateful — for the ingenuity and grit of those on the front lines of COVID. This Thanksgiving, I helped serve meals to U.S. forces in Korea. I was doling out the vegetables — kudos to the soldiers (and their moms) who took healthy portions. (1/4) Our forces in Korea were some of the very first members of the military dealing with COVID right from the beginning, back in January 2020. The leadership out here set the tone that continues today — leadership *matters*, both at home and abroad. (2/4)
Nov 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
It’s fitting that my first district visit after we passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal was @LIUNA's Michigan Laborers Training & Apprenticeship Institute — where they train the folks who will be doing the hard work of rebuilding our roads, bridges, and water infrastructure. ImageImageImage The bipartisan infrastructure deal’s huge impact is going to be felt by our workers & across our state: $7 billion for roads & bridges, $1.3 billion to improve our water infrastructure, & $100 million to expand Michigan’s broadband access, especially to our rural communities.
Nov 6, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
I also voted tonight for a procedural motion to begin debate on the Build Back Better Act, or the ‘human infrastructure’ bill. From the start, I laid out my criteria for supporting it, including directly to @POTUS when he came to my district. (1/5) This bill needs to be transformative for Michigan - with changes on child care & lowering prescription drug costs - and targeted, meaning it needs to be paid for, and not on the backs of the middle class (2/5)
Sep 21, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
I understand that some House Democrats object to funding for the Iron Dome in Israel. Just to level-set, a few facts (1/5): Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system — it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population centers. Whatever your views on the Israeli-Pal conflict, using a system that just saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives as a political chit is problematic. (2/5)
Aug 28, 2021 14 tweets 3 min read
Just a few hours ago, after what has been a tense, 10-day odyssey, Team Slotkin successfully helped evacuate 114 Afghan nationals out of Kabul and to safety. 1/14 Over 70 of these folks were affiliated with Michigan State University, while another 30+ were former Deputy Ministers, staff, and military officers of the former Afghan government who were being threatened and hunted by the Taliban. 2/14
Aug 26, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Earlier today, I joined @POTUS in the Oval to witness him sign the PAWS Act, a bipartisan bill that connects veterans, particularly those with PTSD, to service dogs.
Afterwards, the President invited the small handful of us present to have a frank conversation about Afghanistan. We talked for about 35 minutes. It’s clear the President is deeply engaged on the situation in Kabul.
Aug 23, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
As I head back to D.C. for votes this week, my team and I are still focused on moving Afghan nationals to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, for eventual transport out of Afghanistan. 1/9 Our office is working on evacuating over 500 Afghans, from all walks of life, who have helped the United States and the cause of freedom. It's been many long nights for me and my team over the past week, and it has been maddening. 2/9
Jan 21, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Today, I voted in favor of the waiver for Lloyd Austin. I was initially skeptical of putting a second recently-retired four-star general in charge of the Pentagon, which, having served there myself for seven years, works as designed when civilians oversee major defense decisions. My concerns were never personal: I have deep respect for Secretary-designate Austin. We have worked together, particularly on countering ISIS, for a good part of the last decade.
Nov 18, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Today the acting Sec. Def. announced a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan & Iraq. Whatever one's views, making such a quick move without coordination with our NATO, Iraqi and Afghan allies, after so much blood has been shed, hurts us in both the short and long-term. In the short term, the quick timeline opens up the risk of attack, of disorganization, and provides an opportunity to our enemies.

But in the long-run, it may be even more harmful.
Nov 9, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read
In my experience, there would only be a few reasons to fire a Secretary of Defense with 72 days left in an Administration.

One would be incompetence or wrongdoing, which do not seem to be the issue with Secretary Esper. A second would be vindictiveness, which would be an irresponsible way to treat our national security.

A third would be because the President wants to take actions that he believes his Secretary of Defense would refuse to take, which would be alarming.
Nov 6, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
President Trump has been telling us for six months that he would contest the election if he didn’t win.

Now that we’re here, it is time for every leader, from the President’s cabinet to local elected officials here in Michigan, to choose: fealty to President Trump, or democracy. History is presenting a real test for the people who have downplayed the president’s anti-democratic words and deeds.

Leaders can no longer dodge their responsibilities to our democracy. These responsibilities are bigger than one man or any one party.
Oct 8, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
I am deeply disturbed to hear of the plot, conducted in part in my own district, to kidnap our Governor.

I’m so thankful to federal, state and local law enforcement for taking the threat seriously and getting to the perpetrators before they could act. If true, they are cowards and criminals and should be treated accordingly.

Make no mistake: This is about as far from their proclaimed patriotism as one can get. This is terrorism.
Oct 6, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Three weeks ago, 25 Democrats and 25 Republican members of the Problem Solvers Caucus urged leaders to get back in a room and negotiate a COVID relief deal that our communities desperately need.

Since then, negotiations have, by all accounts, moved us closer to a compromise. I cannot understand why the President would halt negotiations until after the election except in a cynical move to secure votes.
Sep 24, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Today the President again cast doubt on whether he would accept the results of the election if he doesn’t win.

He has been saying this since July.

He has laid the groundwork to refuse the peaceful transition of power. And if he loses, it will be up to those around him to either support his claims, or step back.

This is why I have been working to get senior military and DHS officials to clearly state on the record what they will do if the President refuses to transition from power.
Sep 16, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
The United States is my country. It’s the only country I have ever known. I have worked on behalf of the U.S. for 14 years, putting my country and my country’s interests above all else. Now I’m an elected official for the country I love.
Sep 11, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Nineteen years ago today, I was in New York City, on my second day of grad school, when 9/11 took place.

I remember the fear, the sounds of sirens headed downtown, the F-16s that flew overhead, and later, the sound of the bagpipes accompanying the remains of first responders. Our country was forever changed by those events, as was my life. This day, 19 years ago, was what started my career in national security. A year later, I was recruited by the CIA to be a Middle East analyst.
Sep 7, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
For many of us, today is one we spend with family, enjoying the last waning hours of summer.

#LaborDay is the product of hard-fought battles led by the labor movement, which built the middle class and brought us protections working Michigan families rely on today to get by. But today is not a day of rest for all.

Our essential workers are answering the call to serve our country every day in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
Aug 14, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
We’re depending on the @USPS, a cherished, founding institution in our country, to support us during a generational crisis.

It’s hard to overstate how important USPS’s swift, effective, and non-partisan service is to our communities and our country right now. In an era of distancing, the post office brings us a means of commerce, a ballot box, a critical line of communication for our rural communities and, most urgently, a way to access life-saving medication.
Jul 30, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
The President's tweet gives life to the theory many have been talking about for over a year now: that the President may attempt to disrupt our free & fair elections, or a transition in power.

It sent a shiver down my spine, as I hope it does all of my colleagues of both parties. It's disturbing for three reasons:

First, the punch-in-the-gut it provides to see that the Commander in Chief is seeking to undermine the very institutions that make us the United States, as laid out in the Constitution.

We didn't postpone elections during the Civil War.