WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) yesterday introduced the Truncating Onerous Regulations for Partners and Enhancing Deterrence Operations (TORPEDO) Act, legislation to enable cooperation with the United Kingdom and Australia on advanced defense and other controlled technologies and hold the administration to account on implementation of the AUKUS agreement.
“There’s no doubt AUKUS is an ambitious agreement. In order to effectively counter the threats posed by China, the United States must deepen the trilateral Australia-UK-U.S. partnership and build capability that benefits our shared security objectives. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration’s implementation of AUKUS is not only failing to move at the speed of relevance given the China threat, but it is also evident both pillars of the agreement face major, structural challenges,” said Ranking Member Risch. “The TORPEDO Act aims to speed up the implementation process by reforming the U.S. regulatory system so we can cooperate in a timely and efficient manner on the capabilities we and our partners need. This is not the totality of all that is needed, but this is a step in the right direction. I look forward to advancing this effort with my colleagues in the coming weeks.”
“While the AUKUS deal could be game-changing in the Indo-Pacific, the Biden Administration is not yet doing what will be required to implement this critical agreement fast enough to get ahead of Communist China’s grave and rapidly growing military threats to peace and security in the region,” said Senator Hagerty. “I’m pleased to work with Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Jim Risch to introduce the TORPEDO Act, a bold and timely bill to cut through red tape and fundamentally reform U.S. regulations so we can fast track trilateral efforts by the United States, Australia, and Britain to fully implement the AUKUS goals related to submarines and advanced capabilities.”
The TORPEDO Act:
Text of the legislation can be found here.