House Bill Would Hide Billions More Dollars in US Weapons Sales

Source: In These Times
by Rosie Khan, Janet Abou-Elias, Lillian Mauldin & Women for Weapons Trade Transparency

“On Tuesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee heard a bill that would hide billions of dollars in future foreign weapons sales from public and Congressional review. The bill comes at a time when President Biden and the Department of State are already under fire for obscuring arms sales and transfers of weapons to Israel. H.R. 6609, the TIGER Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), would amend the Arms Export Control Act to increase by approximately 66% the thresholds at which proposed foreign arms sales trigger Congressional notification. This comes as defense industry lobbyists push for expedited weapons sales and deliveries. … Under the bill, the lowest threshold (for major defense equipment) would increase to $23 million and the highest would increase to $500 million.” (02/07/24)