We Must Stand With Our Allies and Hold Recipients of Aid Accountable, Ros-Lehtinen Says Ros-Lehtinen Today Introduced the Taiwan Policy Act and the Egypt Accountability and Democracy Promotion Act
Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, now serving as Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, introduced the bipartisan legislation Taiwan Policy Act of 2013, HR 419, alongside Congressional Taiwan Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Rep. John Carter (R-TX), and the Egypt Accountability and Democracy Promotion Act of 2013.
The Taiwan Policy Act is a multi pronged legislation that seeks to:
- Further diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
- Permit senior Taiwan leaders to meet with U.S. officials in all executive branches.
- Sign a comprehensive extradition agreement.
- Authorize the sale of F-16 C/D fighter aircraft to the Armed Forces of Taiwan.
- Authorize the transfer of decommissioned class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.
Ros-Lehtinen said on the introduction of the bill, “Taiwan is a vital ally of the U.S. and should be treated as such. With the growing antagonism of the Kim regime in North Korea and the ever expanding territorial ambitions of China, our alliance with the democratic nation of Taiwan is even more important. Taiwanese leaders must be allowed to meet with U.S. officials in all executive branches and have full access and recognition just like any other ally, no exceptions.”
On the two year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Ros-Lehtinen also introduced the Egypt Accountability and Democracy Promotion Act, HR 416. This bill will:
- Cut off U.S. aid to Egypt unless the Secretary of State certifies that Egypt is not controlled by, under the influence of, or include any policy-makers with ties to, a foreign terrorist organization or its affiliates and supporters.
- Adopt and implement reforms that protect the rights and freedoms of all Egyptians.
- Fully implement the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
- Take real steps to stop smuggling between Egypt and Gaza.
- Crack down on violent extremist groups and activities in the Sinai.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, “Introducing this bill today sends an important message as we witness Egyptians once again taking to Tahrir Square and cities all across Egypt, calling for the downfall of the Morsi Islamist government. Just as we seek to aid our allies, we must also hold those who act against our interests accountable. This legislation would accomplish that. The Morsi regime and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government have suppressed democracy, disenfranchised minorities, and violated human rights.
We must hold those who receive U.S. funds to the same standards we hold ourselves and only assist nations who are responsible and act in our interests and the interests of our allies and democracy. Throwing money at Egypt will not solve these problems but only encourage further belligerence.”
Ros-Lehtinen also noted that “the challenges facing our nation and allies around the world are growing. In order to meet these challenges head on, concrete action must be taken. These important bipartisan bills aim to meet the challenges and focus on issues facing U.S. interests throughout the world. From supporting our vital ally, Taiwan, to confronting the Morsi regime in Egypt, we must act responsibly and prioritize our foreign policy objectives.”