H.R. 5681, To provide for the approval of the Amendment to the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes

H.R. 5681

To provide for the approval of the Amendment to the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes

Sponsor
Rep. Ed Royce

Date
November 19, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5681, a bill to provide for the approval of the Amendment to the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) on November 12, 2014 and was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5681 extends for ten years the 1958 Mutual Defense Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom for nuclear security cooperation.  Specifically, H.R. 5681 “enables the exchange of nuclear information, hardware, and material between the United States and United Kingdom governments; updates existing policies regarding the training of nuclear personnel and personnel security; improves cooperation on nuclear threat reduction efforts; provides for the joint evaluation of potential enemy nuclear threats and capabilities; allows for the cooperative development of mutual nuclear defense plans; promotes bilateral research, development, and design of nuclear technologies; [and] adopts routine changes to legacy language in the original agreement.”[1]

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[1] Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Work to Renew Key Agreement for U.S.-U.K. Nuclear Security Cooperation, House Foreign Affairs Committee (Nov. 12, 2014).

Background

The “Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes” was created in 1958 and has since “governed U.S. nuclear security cooperation with the U.K.”[2]  “The agreement is renewed every 10 years, and the current cycle will expire on December 31, 2014” if legislative action is not taken.[3]

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[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.