Text: H.R.4056 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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105th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4056

 To prohibit the use of funds appropriated or otherwise made available 
 for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 1999 or any subsequent 
   fiscal year for the deployment of any United States ground combat 
 forces in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina after June 30, 1999, 
                        and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             June 11, 1998

Mr. Sessions (for himself, Mr. DeLay, Mr. Tauzin, Mr. Armey, Ms. Pryce 
 of Ohio, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Archer, Mr. Kasich, Mr. Hastert, Mr. Solomon, 
 Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Bachus, 
 Mr. Bonilla, Mr. Dickey, Mr. Canady of Florida, Mr. Foley, Mr. Fox of 
 Pennsylvania, Mr. McCrery, Mr. Bilbray, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Pombo, Mr. 
 Smith of Michigan, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Salmon, Mr. Scarborough, Mr. 
Ewing, Mr. Smith of Oregon, Mr. McIntosh, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. 
  Ensign, Mr. Souder, Mr. Combest, Mr. Snowbarger, Mr. Traficant, Mr. 
Manzullo, Mr. Cook, Mr. Horn, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Baker, Mr. 
Linder, Mr. Blunt, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Barrett of Nebraska, Mr. Pickering, 
Mr. Hobson, Mr. Lazio of New York, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Burr of 
North Carolina, Mr. Ehrlich, Mr. Gillmor, Mr. McInnis, Mr. Talent, Mr. 
   Paul, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Paxon, Mr. Goodling, Mr. Shays, Mr. 
McCollum, Mr. Greenwood, Mr. Istook, Mr. Ryun, Mr. Nussle, Mr. Barr of 
 Georgia, Mr. Royce, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Herger, Mr. Redmond, Mrs. 
 Emerson, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Watts of Oklahoma, Mr. Graham, Mr. 
Chabot, Mr. Hill, Mr. Bunning of Kentucky, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Metcalf) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
 National Security, and in addition to the Committee on International 
 Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, 
 in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the 
                jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
 To prohibit the use of funds appropriated or otherwise made available 
 for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 1999 or any subsequent 
   fiscal year for the deployment of any United States ground combat 
 forces in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina after June 30, 1999, 
                        and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Bosnia Force Realignment Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds the following:
            (1) United States ground combat forces in the Republic of 
        Bosnia and Herzegovina have accomplished the military mission 
        assigned to them as a component of the Implementation Force and 
        the Stabilization Force.
            (2) The continuing and open-ended commitment of United 
        States ground combat forces in the Republic of Bosnia and 
        Herzegovina is subject to the oversight authority of the 
        Congress.
            (3) The Congress may limit the use of appropriated funds to 
        create the conditions for an orderly and honorable withdrawal 
        of United States ground combat forces from the Republic of 
        Bosnia and Herzegovina.
            (4) On November 27, 1995, the President affirmed that 
        United States participation in the multinational military 
        Implementation Force in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 
        would terminate in approximately 1 year from that date.
            (5) The President declared the expiration date of the 
        mandate for the Implementation Force to be December 20, 1996.
            (6) The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint 
        Chiefs of Staff expressed confidence that the Implementation 
        Force would complete its mission in approximately one year.
            (7) The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint 
        Chiefs of Staff expressed the critical importance of 
        establishing a firm deadline, in the absence of which there is 
        a potential for expansion of the mission of United States 
        ground combat forces.
            (8) On October 3, 1996, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
        Staff announced the intention of the United States 
        Administration to delay the removal of United States ground 
        combat forces from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina until 
        March 1997.
            (9) In November 1996 the President announced his intention 
        to further extend the deployment of United States ground combat 
        forces in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina until June 
        1998.
            (10) The President did not request authorization by the 
        Congress of a policy that would result in the further 
        deployment of United States ground combat forces in the 
        Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina until June 1998.
            (11) Notwithstanding the passage of two previously 
        established deadlines, the reaffirmation of those deadlines by 
        senior national security officials, and the endorsement by 
        those same national security officials of the importance of 
        having a deadline as a hedge against an expanded mission, the 
        President announced on December 17, 1997, that establishing a 
        deadline had been a mistake and that United States ground 
        combat forces were committed to the North Atlantic Treaty 
        Organization (NATO)-led mission in the Republic of Bosnia and 
        Herzegovina for the indefinite future.
            (12) NATO military forces have increased their 
        participation in law enforcement, particularly police 
        activities, in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
            (13) United States military commanders of the NATO-led 
        mission in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina have stated 
        on several occasions that, in accordance with the Dayton Peace 
        Agreement, the principal responsibility for such law 
        enforcement and police activities lies with the Bosnian parties 
        themselves.

SEC. 3. WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED STATES GROUND COMBAT FORCES FROM THE 
              REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.

    (a) Limitation.--No funds appropriated or otherwise made available 
for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 1999 or any subsequent 
fiscal year may be used for the deployment of any United States ground 
combat forces in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina after June 30, 
1999.
    (b) Exceptions.--The limitation in subsection (a) shall not apply--
            (1) to the extent necessary to support a limited number of 
        United States military personnel sufficient only to protect 
        United States diplomatic facilities in existence on the date of 
        the enactment of this Act; or
            (2) to the extent necessary to support non-combat military 
        personnel sufficient only to advise the commanders of the NATO 
        peacekeeping operations in the Republic of Bosnia and 
        Herzegovina.
    (c) Limitation on Support for Law Enforcement Activities.--No funds 
appropriated or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense 
for fiscal year 1999 or any subsequent fiscal year may be used for any 
of the following activities after June 30, 1999:
            (1) Conduct of, or direct support for, law enforcement and 
        police activities in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
        except for the training of law enforcement personnel or to 
        prevent imminent loss of life.
            (2) Conduct of, or support for, any activity in the 
        Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina that may have the effect of 
        jeopardizing the primary mission of the NATO-led force in 
        preventing armed conflict between the Federation of Bosnia and 
        Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska (``Bosnian Entities'').
            (3) The transfer of refugees within the Republic of Bosnia 
        and Herzegovina that, in the opinion of the commander of NATO 
        Forces involved in such transfer--
                    (A) has as one of its purposes the acquisition of 
                control by a Bosnian Entity of territory allocated to 
                the other Bosnian Entity under the Dayton Peace 
                Agreement; or
                    (B) may expose United States Armed Forces to 
                substantial risk to their personal safety.
            (4) The implementation of any decision to change the legal 
        status of any territory within the Republic of Bosnia and 
        Herzegovina unless expressly agreed to by all signatories to 
        the Dayton Peace Agreement.
    (d) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 
construed to restrict the authority of the President under the 
Constitution to protect the lives of United States citizens.

SEC. 4. PRESIDENTIAL REPORT.

    (a) In General.--Not later than December 1, 1998, the President 
shall prepare and transmit to the Congress a report on the progress of 
the withdrawal of United States ground combat forces from the Republic 
of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    (b) Contents of Report.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
include an identification of the specific steps taken by the United 
States Government to transfer the United States portion of the 
peacekeeping mission in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina to 
European allied nations or organizations.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Dayton peace agreement.--The term ``Dayton Peace 
        Agreement'' means the General Framework Agreement for Peace in 
        Bosnia and Herzegovina, initialed by the parties in Dayton, 
        Ohio, on November 21, 1995, and signed in Paris on December 14, 
        1995.
            (2) Implementation force.--The term ``Implementation 
        Force'' means the NATO-led multinational military force in the 
        Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (commonly referred to as 
        ``IFOR''), authorized under the Dayton Peace Agreement.
            (3) NATO.--The term ``NATO'' means the North Atlantic 
        Treaty Organization.
            (4) Stabilization force.--The term ``Stabilization Force'' 
        means the United Nations-led follow-on force to the 
        Implementation Force in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 
        and other countries in the region (commonly referred to as 
        ``SFOR''), authorized under United Nations Security Council 
        Resolution 1088 (December 12, 1996).
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