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S. 1945: SAFE Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1945

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 24, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Graham, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Leahy) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

A BILL

To amend section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776) to preserve congressional review and oversight of foreign arms sales, and for other purposes.

1.

Short titles

This Act may be cited as the Saudi Arabia False Emergencies Act or the SAFE Act.

2.

Protection of congressional review and oversight of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries

Section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(j)

Determination of an emergency

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act related to a determination of an emergency to waive congressional review of proposed letters of offer, licenses, or approvals—

(1)

a determination pursuant to subsection (b)(1), (c)(2), (d)(2), section 3(d)(2), or any other provision of this Act that an emergency exists shall apply only to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, any member country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Israel, and New Zealand;

(2)

the President—

(A)

shall submit a determination and detailed justification for each letter of offer, license, or approval subject to an emergency determination; and

(B)

shall include a specific and detailed description of how such waiver of the congressional review requirements directly responds to or addresses the circumstances of the emergency cited in the determination; and

(3)

the determination described in paragraph (2)(A) shall only be available for a certification for a letter of offer, license, or approval for defense articles or defense services—

(A)

that directly respond to or counter a physical security threat; and

(B)

75 percent of which will be delivered not later than 2 months after the date of such determination.

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