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H.R. 5863 (115th): To limit the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey.

The text of the bill below is as of May 17, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 5863


May 17, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. McGovern, and Mr. Poe of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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


To limit the transfer of F–35 aircraft to Turkey.


Limitation on transfer of F–35 aircraft to Turkey


In general

Except as provided in subsection (b), none of the funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense or any other Federal department or agency may be used to—


facilitate the transfer, or authorize the transfer of, an F–35 aircraft to Turkey; or


transfer intellectual property or technical data necessary for or related to any maintenance or support of such F–35 aircraft.



The President may waive the limitation under subsection (a) upon written certification to Congress that the Government of Turkey is not—


taking steps to degrade NATO interoperability;


exposing NATO assets to hostile actors;


degrading the general security of NATO member states;


seeking to import or purchase defense articles from a foreign country with respect to which sanctions are imposed by the United States;


wrongfully or unlawfully detaining one or more nationals of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or


engaging in military action without taking proper steps to ensure that international legal norms are followed to prevent civilian deaths and suffering.