(WASHINGTON, D.C.) House Foreign Affairs Committee-Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Chairman Ted Poe (TX) and House Armed Services-Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (AL) released the following statements today regarding the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.)
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 included a provision originally authored by HFAC-Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Chairman Ted Poe (TX) and HASC-Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (AL) that requires the imposition of sanctions against companies involved in arms control violations. The provision, Section 1290 (Measures against persons involved in activities that violate arms control treaties or agreements with the United States) would also impose sanctions on any entity that does business with those companies involved in arms control violations to encourage their isolation from global commerce.
Chairmen Poe and Rogers, through their oversight, have been working since 2014 to compel the Obama Administration to confront Russia’s violation of numerous arms control treaties and agreements, including, specifically, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. To date, the Russian Federation has been confronted neither with economic nor military consequences by the Obama Administration for violation of the INF treaty nor any other arms control agreement.
The UNCLASSIFIED State Department report detailing violations of arms control agreements for calendar year 2016 can be found here: https://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/rpt/2016/
Note: the current list of states violating their arms control obligations includes Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and others.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 was signed into law by the President on December 23, 2016.
Chairman Poe stated, “The time has come that we push back against Russia’s blatant violations of arms control agreements like the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). This Administration has done little to hold Russia accountable for its egregious violations which jeopardize both American interests and international security. It is not sufficient to merely publicly call out Russia for these violations. There must be consequences. The provisions co-authored by Chairman Rogers and myself as part of the NDAA will finally penalize he companies involved in these arms control violations and will hopefully make the Kremlin think twice about any future violations.”
Chairman Rogers stated, “I’m pleased that the NDAA includes the provision co-authored by Chairman Poe and myself. After promising military and economic responses, the Obama Administration did nothing. This administration waited out the clock on Russia’s blatant violations of arms control agreements like the INF treaty. The next administration has to do better, and I’m pleased the Rogers-Poe sanctions will be available to them.”