CEASE Act

Bill Number: 
H.R. 2544
Bill Location: 
Date of Last Action: 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Country(s): 
Egypt
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HR 2544 IH

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2544

To limit United States economic assistance and to oppose World Bank and International Monetary Fund assistance to the Government of Egypt.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 27, 2013

Mr. SCHWEIKERT (for himself, Mr. LONG, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois, and Mr. DESANTIS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To limit United States economic assistance and to oppose World Bank and International Monetary Fund assistance to the Government of Egypt.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Conditioning Economic Assistance and Support to Egypt Act’ or ‘CEASE Act’.

SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON UNITED STATES ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE AND OPPOSITION TO WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ASSISTANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF EGYPT.

(a) United States Economic Assistance- No loan, credit guarantee, insurance, financing, or other assistance under part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.; relating to economic assistance) or under the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635 et seq.) may be provided to the Government of Egypt unless the President certifies to Congress that the Government of Egypt has met the conditions described in subsection (c).

(b) World Bank Assistance- The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States Executive Director at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose any assistance to the Government of Egypt unless the President certifies to Congress that the Government of Egypt has met the conditions described in subsection (c).

(c) International Monetary Fund Assistance- The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose any loan agreement for the Government of Egypt unless the President certifies to Congress that the Government of Egypt has met the conditions described in subsection (c).

(d) Conditions Described- The conditions referred to in subsections (a), (b), and (c) are the following:

  • (1) The Government of Egypt has adopted and implemented legal reforms to protect the political, economic, and religious freedoms and human rights of the citizens and residents of Egypt.

    (2) The Government of Egypt is not acting to restrict the political, economic, or religious freedoms and human rights of the citizens and residents of Egypt.

    (3) The Government of Egypt is continuing to demonstrate a commitment to free and fair elections and is not taking any steps to interfere with or undermine the credibility of such elections.

    (4) The Government of Egypt is abiding by and implementing all measures of the agreements set out in the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, including establishing full diplomatic relations through the exchange of ambassadors.

    (5) The Government of Egypt is taking all necessary action to eliminate smuggling networks and to detect and destroy tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

    (6) The Government of Egypt is taking all necessary action to combat terrorism in the Sinai.

    (7) The Government of Egypt in consultation with the United States Department of Defense has produced an analysis of Egypt’s current security needs, and the analysis has been shared with Congress.

    (8) The Government of Egypt has lifted restrictions in law and practice on the work and funding of Egyptian and international nongovernmental organizations, comprising those in the human rights and democracy fields.