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house Bill H.R. 2646

Should the U.S. Extend its Defense Partnership With Jordan?

Argument in favor

Jordan is one of the new nations in the Middle East that the U.S. can rely on, and it shares a strategic interest in defeating ISIS. This partnership is necessary to bolster Jordan’s military.

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02/05/2018
Jordan is one of our best, if not the best, middle eastern ally that we have. Their government is outstanding. They have potential problem countries on their borders. It is good for the US as well as Jordan to make sure they stay safe. Let’s do what we can do to make our partnership easier with this country.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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02/05/2018
Yes, we should extend our cooperation with Jordan. If we are to defeat terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, we need allies in the Near East. Since Jordan is a place where Hezbollah hangs out and runs a portion of the country, the United States should help the country free itself from extremists of Islamic Jehad groups. Not only a military partnership, but the sale of our military equipment is a big helper to encourage economic growth at home. Jordan has been a great ally before, we should not leave them.
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Andrew's Opinion
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02/05/2018
Yes. We need all the allies we can get at this time. America is loosing credibility and status and having any friends will help from a regional perspective.
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Argument opposed

While defeating ISIS is important, the U.S. doesn’t need more expedited defense sales to Jordan. Those transactions should go through a more deliberative process.

Gregory 's Opinion
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02/05/2018
Not unless Israel agrees. The reason being that Israel is the only true allies that the United States has in that part of the world.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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02/06/2018
Withdraw. Come home. Defend the US. Our borders are way over here. What're you doing all the way over there?
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Phillip's Opinion
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02/05/2018
You seriously want to meddle even more and pour more arms into the Middle East a highly unstable region. Why not turn your swords into plough shears and start providing money to as you say shore up Jordan’s economy rather than provide either the king or some generals with more tools. There are many ways to provide aid that would be more effective than what you really want to do which is to support our military industrial complex.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed February 5th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism
    IntroducedMay 24th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2646?

This bill would extend the country of Jordan’s eligibility for streamlined defense sales until December 31, 2022 that was first granted by the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015. It would also express the sense of Congress that the U.S. and Jordan should negotiate a new Memorandum of Understanding through FY2022 to enhance Jordan’s military capacity and local economy. The president is authorized to establish and operate an enterprise fund to provide the assistance, which would terminate upon liquidation or December 31, 2022 — whichever comes first.

Impact

Members of the U.S. military or contractors that train or assist the Jordanian military; the Dept. of Defense; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2646

$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced this bill to extend defense cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan:

“On the front lines in the fight against terror and other regional crises, Jordan is one of our closest and most important partners in the Middle East. A key contributor to the anti-ISIS coalition, Jordan has also taken in over one million refugees from Syria and other neighboring countries, putting a significant strain on the kingdom’s economy, public services, infrastructure, and social cohesion. At a time when the U.S. needs Jordan’s support and influence in the Middle East more than ever, my bill aims to shore up our ally’s military capacity to ensure a stable and secure Jordan that is capable of advancing our mutual priorities and interests.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 11 bipartisan cosponsors, including six Democrats and five Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps - Cpl. Lauren Falk / Public Domain)

AKA

United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act

Official Title

To reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and for other purposes.

    Jordan is one of our best, if not the best, middle eastern ally that we have. Their government is outstanding. They have potential problem countries on their borders. It is good for the US as well as Jordan to make sure they stay safe. Let’s do what we can do to make our partnership easier with this country.
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    Not unless Israel agrees. The reason being that Israel is the only true allies that the United States has in that part of the world.
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    Yes, we should extend our cooperation with Jordan. If we are to defeat terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, we need allies in the Near East. Since Jordan is a place where Hezbollah hangs out and runs a portion of the country, the United States should help the country free itself from extremists of Islamic Jehad groups. Not only a military partnership, but the sale of our military equipment is a big helper to encourage economic growth at home. Jordan has been a great ally before, we should not leave them.
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    Yes. We need all the allies we can get at this time. America is loosing credibility and status and having any friends will help from a regional perspective.
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    Withdraw. Come home. Defend the US. Our borders are way over here. What're you doing all the way over there?
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    Jordan is a close ally to the United States and has been one of very few Mideast States that has been consistent since the end of the Israel-Arab Wars. This bill costs very little and would continue to strengthen our alliance with the Jordanians.
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    Yes but only if the King of Jordan requests our help. Otherwise allow Jordan to work out there own issues. We give them plenty of money and that should be enough until they need more support.
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    More entanglements for military and budget issues. Who am I kidding, our Government never had a budget problem?
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    Jordan has been a great ally.
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    Jordan is a voice of sanity in the Middle East -- they've been a force for good, stepping up to the plate when other nations have burried their heads in the sand. We should absolutely help them.
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    Definitely!! Abdullah II, The King of Jordan, is one of the very few friends we have in that area and our continued support of him, and his efforts on our behalf, are vitally important to us.
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    Slash military spending.
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    There needs to be a more deliberative, international, e.g. UN, process, rather than an obvious bonus to US arms makers.
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    We should take every opportunity to reach out to, collaborate with, and ally ourselves with like-minded Middle Eastern nations.
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    You seriously want to meddle even more and pour more arms into the Middle East a highly unstable region. Why not turn your swords into plough shears and start providing money to as you say shore up Jordan’s economy rather than provide either the king or some generals with more tools. There are many ways to provide aid that would be more effective than what you really want to do which is to support our military industrial complex.
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    Jordan is loyal ally and can be very helpful to the United States
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    Absolutely they should!!
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    Jordan is one of the few friends we have since Trump took over. We need to aid them as much as possible in the fight to rid the world of Isis.
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    Stop intruding on other nations and getting in there affairs. Friendship with all nations that welcome it but no entangling alliances.
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    Jordan has been a friend to the US for many years
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