Text: H.Con.Res.34 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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HCON 34 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
H. CON. RES. 34
Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should develop a
plan for increased financial contributions by nations allied with the United
States which benefit from the commitment of United States military forces
in the Persian Gulf.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 12, 1991
Mr. HUCKABY submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred
to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should develop a
plan for increased financial contributions by nations allied with the United
States which benefit from the commitment of United States military forces
in the Persian Gulf.
Whereas, to date, the total United States cost of Operation Desert Shield
is estimated at to be at least $12,000,000,000;
Whereas the incremental cost to the United States of Operation Desert Shield,
without any actual combat or rotation of United States Armed Forces personnel,
is estimated at $30,000,000,000 in fiscal year 1991;
Whereas the baseline cost of paying, equipping, and maintaining United
States military forces committed to Operation Desert Shield is estimated at
$100,000,000,000 in fiscal year 1991;
Whereas Saudi Arabia is reaping windfall revenues from increased oil
production and higher oil prices, at the expense of United States consumers,
while United States troops are offering protection in the Persian Gulf region
at the request of Saudi Arabia;
Whereas Japan, Kuwait, and European countries allied with the United States
are also benefiting from the United States military commitment in the Persian
Gulf region;
Whereas contributions from allied countries, including cash donations,
in-kind support, and pledges to Operation Desert Shield, have been minimal
relative to overall United States expenditures; and
Whereas if the United States is willing to ensure world security, those
countries benefiting from United States protection and involvement in the
Persian Gulf crisis should significantly contribute to the costs of Operation
Desert Shield to offset higher United States oil prices, increased United
States defense expenditures, and a higher United States Federal deficit:
Now, therefore, be it
  Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it
  is the sense of the Congress that the President should develop a plan for
  nations allied with the United States in the Persian Gulf crisis to bear a
  more equitable share of the costs of Operation Desert Shield on the basis
  of such countries' relative economic capability, military commitment,
  and security interests in the region.