WASHINGTON – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today voted to approve the Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act (S.2641). The comprehensive legislation, authored by Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is a direct congressional response to Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria and attack on the Kurds, as well as their purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system.
“I am glad our committee members came together today to pass bipartisan, comprehensive Turkey legislation introduced by myself and Senator Menendez,” said Chairman Risch. “This legislation will put in place a number of incentives that we hope will result in President Erdogan making the choice to walk away from the S-400. As long as the S-400s are in Turkey under Turkish control, there will be no F-35s delivered to Turkey. This is Erdogan’s choice, and he is well aware of the consequences. Additionally, Erdogan’s incursion into northeast Syria is destabilizing, and this bill will help curb any future actions that endanger our friends and partners, the Syrian Kurds, and any actions which jeopardize the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria. I am hopeful this critical legislation will be voted on by the full Senate soon.”
“We find ourselves at an inflection point with Turkey. For years, I have been more skeptical than most about Erdogan and his orientation towards the West. But Turkey’s actions over the past year are truly beyond the pale,” said Ranking Member Menendez. “From purchasing the Russian S-400 air defense system, to engaging in offensive operations in Syria against the Kurds, and committing, directing or knowingly facilitating human rights abuses against our Kurdish allies in Syria, the Foreign Relations Committee is saying enough is enough to Erdogan with this strong sanctions package. Furthermore, we were able to add key provisions to provide affirmative support for our Kurdish partners through refugee programming and participation in a Special Immigrant Visa Program. This major recalibration of the U.S.-Turkey relationship is long overdue, and I look forward to working with Chairman Risch to ensure the full Senate can approve it without further delay.”
Key provisions of the senators’ legislation include:
Humanitarian Assistance and Protection:
Sanctions and Restrictions Tied to Continued Turkish Possession of the S-400:
Sanctions and Other Restrictions Triggered by Turkish Malign Activities in Syria: