Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Banking Committee Chair Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and committee colleagues Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., and Tim Johnson, D-S.D. introduced the Export Administration Act of 2001 today.
Enzi said the bill, which gained large bipartisan support in the last Congress, would again garner strong support from not only the Senate, but also President Bush who Enzi noted endorsed the bill during the recent campaign.
Enzi hopes to begin marking up the bill by late February. He issued the following statement at a news conference announcing the bill's introduction.
"For the past 10 years our dual-use export control system has been inadequately governed by both the EAA of 1979, and emergency Presidential authority. More than a dozen failed attempts have been made to reform and reauthorize the EAA to reflect the national security risks and technologies of today.
"We unanimously passed the EAA in the Senate Banking Committee last year. It was strongly supported by Republicans and Democrats, as well as exporters. The Clinton Administration supported the bill. Even President Bush endorsed the bill in campaign statements. It was prevented from coming up last year because of the crowded floor agenda, but now is the time to push for its passage.
"The reasonable, bipartisan bill would eliminate trade barriers, while focusing controls on the items sensitive to national security.
"This bill puts up higher fences around the most sensitive items and focuses our enforcement efforts on restricting high technology exports to all the truly bad actors. At the same time the bill takes into account the realities of today's global economy. It does not leave us with a false security and recognizes items that are available from foreign sources or available in mass-market quantities cannot be effectively controlled for national security and foreign policy reasons.
"This bill again has strong support and we're starting early. It has a great chance of going the distance and becoming law."