The U.S. Capitol constructing is pictured in Washington, Jan. 26. Congress held a listening to on Tuesday to look at U.S. arms export coverage after years of permissive exports beneath then-U.S. President Donald Trump. (Joshua Roberts, Reuters)
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WASHINGTON — Congress held a listening to on Tuesday to look at U.S. arms export coverage after years of permissive exports beneath then-U.S. President Donald Trump.
The listening to got here amid strain on President Joe Biden’s administration and allies to produce anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons to Ukraine because it battles a Russian invasion.
Throughout a U.S. Home of Representatives Armed Companies Committee listening to, Jessica Lewis, the State Division’s assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, who oversees weapons offers, mentioned the Biden administration’s philosophy is to guide with diplomacy, however however, present “urgently wanted ammunition and Javelin anti-tank missiles” to Ukraine whereas concurrently authorizing transfers of U.S.-origin navy know-how from NATO allies.
Javelin anti-tank missiles are made by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Applied sciences.
Over the weekend, Biden’s administration accredited as much as $350 million value of extra weapons transfers from U.S. shares to Ukraine, together with anti-aircraft methods, anti-armor munitions, small arms, physique armor and numerous munitions. Over the previous yr, the USA has dedicated greater than $1 billion in safety help to Ukraine.
On the listening to Mike Rogers, the highest Republican on the committee, criticized the Biden administration’s arms transfers as “too little, too late.”
Biden’s administration overhauled the U.S. arms export coverage final yr to extend an emphasis on human rights when evaluating offers. When the brand new standard arms switch coverage is made public, it can formalize the departure from Trump’s prioritization of the financial advantages of arms gross sales.
Gross sales of U.S. navy tools to overseas governments fell 21% to $138 billion in fiscal 2021, in accordance with U.S. State Division figures.