Sen. Rand Paul today continued his push to end the U.S. sale of F-16s to the Egyptian government. Modeled after an amendment he introduced to H.R.325, Sen. Paul today introduced S. 201, a bill to prohibit the U.S. government from selling F-16 military aircraft, M1 tanks, and similar military weapons to the Egyptian government.
"I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag," Sen. Paul said today on the Senate floor. "I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a company that allowed a mob chanting 'death to America' to threaten our American diplomats."
The text of Sen. Paul's new legislation is located below:
A BILL To prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt
SECTION 1: PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN MILITARY SALES TO EGYPT.
(a) IN GENERAL.-Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the United States Government shall not license, approve, facilitate, or otherwise allow the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1tanks, or other defense articles or services listed in Category VI, VII, or VIII of the United States Munitions List to the Government of Egypt.
(b) UNITED STATES MUNITIONS LIST DEFINED.- In this section, the term ''United States Munitions List'' means the list referred to in section 38(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778(a)(1)), as in effect on January 1, 2013.