Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will appear tomorrow before the House International Relations Committee to explain why reform of our export control system is essential for the national security of the United States.
Enzi will explain the Senate Export Administration Act (EAA) and encourage the House to consider the bill soon.
Enzi, along with Sens. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., Tim Johnson, D-S.D. and others authored S. 149, the EAA. The bill modernizes, simplifies and streamlines the system the U.S. uses to govern the export of "dual use" items, high tech commercial goods that could potentially be used for military purposes.
The Senate Banking Committee passed the EAA 19-1 earlier this year and with the help of the new Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, D-S.D. the Senate is poised to pass this bi-partisan measure. President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Condoleeza Rice, all strongly support S.149.
Last fall the House and Senate passed legislation that briefly extended the Export Administration Act of 1979 through August of this year. That action provides the 107th Congress with time to enact comprehensive export control legislation before court challenges threaten the entire dual-use export control system.
The hearing is scheduled to begin tomorrow, July 11 at 10:15 a.m. in the House Rayburn building, room 2172. This is the third hearing in a series about the EAA. In addition to Enzi, the committee will also hear from Administration officials and private sector experts.