H.R. XX: To authorize the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients

H.R. XX

To authorize the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients

Date
September 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. XX is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) on September 28, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. XX would implement a treaty between the U.S. and the United Kingdom concerning defense trade cooperation and a treaty between the U.S. and Australia concerning defense trade cooperation.  This bill would provide a statutory basis for the president to implement the defense trade treaties with the UK and Australia.  In doing so, the bill would ensure that violations of the treaties would be subject to criminal and civil penalties under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  The bill would also ensure the application of the AECA to other aspects of the treaties, including the U.S. approval of third-country transfers, a ban on incentive payments, and a reporting requirement in the event that a U.S person is discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sex.  The bill would require that certain sensitive defense articles, defense services, and technical data controlled in accordance with various nonproliferation regimes must not be included in any license-free defense trade regime.

The bill would also require legislative approval before certain changes to implementing arrangements to the two treaties may enter into force for the U.S. 

H.R. XX would provide authority to transfer certain naval vessels to allies of the U.S. abroad.  Specifically, the bill would authorize transfer by grant of: two Osprey class minehunter coastal ships to India; three Osprey class minehunters to Greece; one Newport class amphibious tank landing ship to Chile; and a Newport class amphibious tank landing ship to Morocco.  The bill would also transfer by sale an Osprey class minehunter to Taiwan. 

Finally, the bill would expedite the Congressional defense export review period for Israel, and extend the dates and amounts of U.S. excess equipment that can be transferred to Israel from regional stockpiles. 

Background

In June 2007, the U.S. and the United Kingdom completed a treaty regarding defense trade cooperation.  The U.S. completed a similar treaty with Australia in September 2007.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office has not produced a score for this bill as of press time.