Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014

June 17, 2013
July 24, 2013
Passed in House

Congressional intentions for military funding to Israel, Egypt, and other regional organizations are detailed in the House’s version of the NDAA (H.R. 1960 of 5/14/13). This annual bill approves the transfer of funds to those programs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/14. In addition to appropriating funds for U.S.-Israeli cooperative programs, it contains relevant provisions on Egypt and Syria.

Israeli Missile Defense

Appropriations in this bill for joint Israel-U.S. cooperative programs and for the Iron Dome missile defense system are identical to the totals authorized in the NDAA for FY 2014 (see H.R. 1960).

Managing the Crisis in Syria

There is a provision in this bill that forbids the Defense Dept. from purchasing any defense articles from Rosoboronexport unless the secretary of defense offers certification proving that company has not transferred S-300 advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Syria and that it has not signed any new contracts with Bashar al-Asad’s regime. Rosoboronexport is the state intermediary agency for the import and export of Russian arms. It was widely reported to be the primary supplier of the Syrian government’s munitions, though Russia maintains that all exports to Syria were of a defensive nature and reflected long-standing agreements.

This bill would also make congressional approval necessary before any appropriations are made available for actions in Syria.

Military Support for Egypt

There is 1 provision governing U.S. support for groups in Egypt. It would forbid the Defense Dept. from using any funds to carry out paramilitary operations in Egypt or support individuals or groups engaged in such operations.

Numerous amendments on Egypt and Syria were proposed in the 7/24 House debate. They were either withdrawn or not considered.

No cosponsors.

See also: H.R. 1960 of 5/14/13.

Last major action: 7/24/13 passed in House by yea-nay vote, 315–109.

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