Foreign Policy

Alex believes that confronting global challenges requires strong partnerships. He is committed to supporting programs that fight climate change, promote democracy and human rights, and reestablish U.S. moral leadership on the world stage. Alex understands the importance of strengthening our democratic institutions at home in order to lead by example. In a time of global instability, he believes America’s leadership is vital in pursuit of a safer and more prosperous world for all.

Following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Senator Padilla led 25 of his Senate colleagues in calling on President Biden to continue the safe relocation of Afghan refugees. Alex also stands with the brave people of Ukraine against Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of their sovereign, democratic nation—and he helped successfully urge the Biden administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians fleeing wartime devastation. He is working with the State Department and other federal agencies to assist constituents with casework and has put together resources available here.

Recent News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a national security supplemental funding bill by a bipartisan vote of 70-29, including significant funding for aid to American allies and humanitarian assistance...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and 15 Senate Democrats urged President Biden to act swiftly to finally close the detention facility at U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The Senators wrote that...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a Commissioner of the bipartisan U.S. National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology, announced that the commission has issued its first round of findings and recommendations for policymakers in a report outlining the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a national security supplemental funding bill by a bipartisan vote of 70-29, including significant funding for aid to American allies and humanitarian assistance...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and 15 Senate Democrats urged President Biden to act swiftly to finally close the detention facility at U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The Senators wrote that...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a Commissioner of the bipartisan U.S. National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology, announced that the commission has issued its first round of findings and recommendations for policymakers in a report outlining the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Tim...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.-16) led a bipartisan group of 60 lawmakers in calling on Congressional leadership to request the inclusion of military and humanitarian aid for Armenia in upcoming...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and 20 colleagues in urging Democratic and Republican Senate and Appropriations leadership to include...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after meeting with senior members of President Biden’s National Security Council to discuss the recent U.S.-Venezuela sanctions deal and to advocate for the release of Eyvin Hernandez,...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, and 32 of their Senate colleagues in urging the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after receiving a briefing from the State Department and the Defense Department on the Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel: “Tonight, I was briefed by senior representatives from the State Department and the Department of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a joint statement condemning Azerbaijan’s unprovoked and unjustified military incursion in the South Caucasus against Armenians under the false pretext of leading an ‘anti-terrorist operation’ and in violation of its own ceasefire obligations:...
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