CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 907 was introduced on February 12, 2015, by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent on April 23, 2015.
H.R. 907 extends to Jordan expedited congressional review of proposed U.S. arms transfers that is otherwise reserved for NATO members and other close allies. Specifically, the bill:
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has received nearly $467 million in U.S. foreign assistance for its response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are 621,937 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, more than three-fourths of whom live outside refugee camps. In 1996, the United States granted Jordan major non-NATO ally status, which makes non-NATO countries who are exceptionally close allies of the United States eligible for certain military assistance in the same manner as other NATO allies. On February 3, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed an MOU that reflects the intention of the United States to increase annual assistance to Jordan from $660 million to $1 billion for each year through 2017.
 See text of H.R. 907, as amended, section 2, paragraphs 1 through 10.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 907, as ordered reported, would cost less than $500,000 over the 2016 to 2020 period, assuming the availability of appropriated amounts, and “would not result in any further foreign assistance being provided to Jordan.” Enacting H.R. 907 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.