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Text of the Military Operations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Limitation Act of 1999

This bill was introduced on April 26, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 26, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 1562 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1562

To prohibit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense from being used for the deployment of ground elements of the United States Armed Forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia unless that deployment is specifically authorized by law.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 26, 1999

Mrs. FOWLER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on International Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To prohibit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense from being used for the deployment of ground elements of the United States Armed Forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia unless that deployment is specifically authorized by law.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Military Operations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Limitation Act of 1999’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) Consideration is being given to the introduction of ground elements of the United States Armed Forces into the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operation to halt Serbian military action in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

      (2) Such a deployment, if it were to occur, would in all likelihood represent a commitment to maintain United States ground forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for an indeterminate period and cost billions of dollars.

      (3) The Secretary of Defense has previously opposed the deployment of United States ground forces to Kosovo, a province of Serbia, as reflected in his testimony before the Congress on October 6, 1998.

      (4) The deployment of United States ground forces to participate in the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia, which has resulted in the expenditure of approximately $10,000,000,000 by United States taxpayers to date, which has already been extended past 2 previous withdrawal dates established by the Administration, and which shows no sign of ending in the near future, clearly argues that the costs and duration of a deployment of United States ground forces to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to halt the conflict and maintain the peace in the province of Kosovo will be much heavier and much longer than initially foreseen.

      (5) The substantial drain on military readiness of a deployment of United States ground forces to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia would be inconsistent with the need, recently acknowledged by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to reverse the trends which have already severely compromised the ability of the United States Armed Forces to carry out the National Military Strategy of the United States.

      (6) Military operations by the United States Armed Forces against the military forces and infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia--

        (A) have resulted in a significant depletion of inventories of conventional air-launched cruise missiles, Tomahawk Block III cruise missiles, and other mission-essential armaments;

        (B) have cost several hundred million dollars and are projected by the Administration to cost more than $5,000,000,000 by the end of fiscal year 1999;

        (C) have left the western Pacific region without a United States aircraft carrier presence; and

        (D) have compromised the ability of the United States to perform other critical national security missions, including Operation Northern Watch in the airspace over Iraq, due to a lack of available assets.

      (7) The Congress has already indicated its considerable concern about the possible deployment of United States ground forces to the region, as evidenced by section 8115 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1999 (Public Law 105-262; 112 Stat. 2327), which sets forth among other matters a requirement for the President to transmit to the Congress a report detailing the anticipated costs, funding sources, schedule and exit strategy for any additional United States Armed Forces deployed to Yugoslavia, Albania, or Macedonia.

      (8) The President, in his reports to the Congress in response to section 8115 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1999, has indicated that ‘it is not possible to determine how long NATO operations will need to continue . . .’ and that the exit strategy for United States Armed Forces ‘will depend on the course of events, and in particular, on Belgrade’s reaction to NATO operations.’.

      (9) The introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities may occur, clearly indicates authorization by the Congress when such action is not required for the defense of the United States, its Armed Forces, or its nationals.

      (10) United States national security interests in Kosovo do not rise to a level that warrants the introduction of United States ground forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for peacemaking or peacekeeping purposes with respect to the conflict in Kosovo.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON USE OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FUNDS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF UNITED STATES GROUND FORCES TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA WITHOUT SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION BY LAW.

    (a) IN GENERAL- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of Defense may be obligated or expended for the deployment of ground elements of the United States Armed Forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia unless such deployment is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the enactment of this Act.

    (b) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to the authority of the President under the Constitution to initiate missions specifically limited to rescuing United States military personnel or citizens in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.