Manzullo Calls for Export Control Modernization

The following press release has been received from 16th District Republican Congressman Don Manzullo:

Manzullo: U.S. Needs Modern Export Control Policy that Strengthens National Security, Creates American Jobs

(WASHINGTON) U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) today said Congress must update its Cold War-era export control policy to account for the changing national security threats and trade challenges the United States faces in the 21st Century.
Manzullo, co-founder of the Congressional Export Control Working Group, said Congress must prioritize reauthorization of the Export Administration Act, which expired eight years ago.

Manzullo participated in a hearing on the issue today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, on which Manzullo serves.

“The U.S. government must establish an export control policy based on clearly defined national security and foreign policy priorities that also recognizes the realities of a global supply chain and encourages legitimate trade,” Manzullo stated. “It is clear that overly broad controls are actually detrimental to U.S. national security interests as well as our overall global competitiveness.”

Manzullo’s key elements of Export Administration Act reform include:

  • Removing all references to the Cold War, making the new export control system better able to respond to new threats to our national security – terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Accounting for globalization by recognizing the increased role of civilian technology for military applications; and
  • Strengthening multilateral export control agreements by providing incentives if member countries develop a more strict export control regime, starting with the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

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