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S. 1789 (114th): United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 16, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1789

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 16, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

A BILL

To improve defense cooperation between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015.

2.

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

As of January 22, 2015, the United States Government has provided $3,046,343,000 in assistance to respond to the Syria humanitarian crisis, of which nearly $467,000,000 has been provided to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

(2)

As of January 2015, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 621,937 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan and 83.8 percent of whom lived outside refugee camps.

(3)

In 2000, the United States and Jordan signed a free-trade agreement that went into force in 2001.

(4)

In 1996, the United States granted Jordan major non-NATO ally status.

(5)

Jordan is suffering from the Syrian refugee crisis and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

(6)

The Government of Jordan was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term ending in December 2015.

(7)

Enhanced support for defense cooperation with Jordan is important to the national security of the United States, including through creation of a status in law for Jordan similar to the countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Israel, and New Zealand, with respect to consideration by Congress of foreign military sales to Jordan.

(8)

The Colorado National Guard’s relationship with the Jordanian military provides a significant benefit to both the United States and Jordan.

(9)

Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was brutally murdered by ISIL.

(10)

On February 3, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that reflects the intention to increase United States assistance to the Government of Jordan from $660,000,000 to $1,000,000,000 for each of the years 2015 through 2017.

3.

Statement of policy

It should be the policy of the United States—

(1)

to support the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in its response to the Syrian refugee crisis;

(2)

to provide necessary assistance to alleviate the domestic burden to provide basic needs for the assimilated Syrian refugees;

(3)

to cooperate with Jordan to combat the terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or other terrorist organizations; and

(4)

to help secure the border between Jordan and its neighbors Syria and Iraq.

4.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that expeditious consideration of certifications of letters of offer to sell defense articles, defense services, design and construction services, and major defense equipment to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776(b)) is fully consistent with United States security and foreign policy interests and the objectives of world peace and security.

5.

Enhanced defense cooperation

(a)

In general

During the 3-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan shall be treated as if it were a country listed in the provisions of law described in subsection (b) for purposes of applying and administering such provisions of law.

(b)

Arms Export Control Act

The provisions of law described in this subsection are—

(1)

subsections (b)(2), (d)(2)(B), (d)(3)(A)(i), and (d)(5) of section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2753);

(2)

subsections (e)(2)(A), (h)(1)(A), and (h)(2) of section 21 of such Act (22 U.S.C. 2761);

(3)

subsections (b)(1), (b)(2), (b)(6), (c), and (d)(2)(A) of section 36 of such Act (22 U.S.C. 2776);

(4)

section 62(c)(1) of such Act (22 U.S.C. 2796a(c)(1)); and

(5)

section 63(a)(2) (22 U.S.C. 2796b(a)(2)).

6.

Memorandum of understanding

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State is authorized to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to increase economic support funds, military cooperation, including joint military exercises, personnel exchanges, support for international peacekeeping missions, and enhanced strategic dialogue.