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Introduced in Senate (06/18/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1886


To restrict security assistance to Lebanon, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 18, 2019

Mr. Cruz (for himself and Mr. Cramer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


A BILL

To restrict security assistance to Lebanon, 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 “Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon's Military Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Report on relationship between Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah.

(a) In general.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit a report to Congress—

(1) identifying all military officers, commanders, advisors, officials, or other personnel with significant influence over the policies or activities of the Lebanese Armed Forces who are members of, paid by, or significantly influenced by Hezbollah; and

(2) describing military activities conducted by the Lebanese Armed Forces to disarm Hezbollah pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1701 (2006).

(b) Form.—The report required under subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a classified annex.

SEC. 3. Restriction on security assistance.

(a) In general.—Of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available for security assistance for the Government of Lebanon for a fiscal year, 20 percent may not be obligated or expended for such purpose until the President certifies to Congress that—

(1) the Lebanese Armed Forces has taken measurable steps in the last year to limit the influence or expel anyone identified pursuant to section 2(a)(1);

(2) the activities described pursuant to section 2(a)(2) demonstrate a serious commitment by the Lebanese Armed Forces to fulfill its obligation to disarm Hezbollah pursuant to UNSCR 1701; and

(3) the Lebanese Armed Forces have not cooperated, coordinated, or partnered with Hezbollah in any operation, campaign, or military exercise during the last year.

(b) National security waiver.—The President may waive the certification requirements under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) if the President certifies to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States.