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Chabot, Sherman Introduce Taiwan Arms Transfer Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), senior member of the Subcommittee on Asia, recently introduced H.R. 8842, the Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act.

“Taiwan faces an existential threat from the People’s Republic of China, a threat which the Taiwan Relations Act recognizes has profound implications for American interests in the Indo-Pacific,” said Congressman Steve Chabot. “Yet neither Taiwan nor the United States have treated the problem with sufficient urgency. The Ukraine model of weapons deliveries after an invasion starts is just not viable for the defense of an island. The Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act will help speed the transfer and delivery of those weapons, so that Taiwan is prepared before it is too late.”

“America's resolve to preserve democracy, in Taiwan and around the world, remains ironclad," said Congressman Brad Sherman. "The Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act reaffirms this determination as our ally faces growing threats. As a member of the Taiwan Congressional Caucus and a long time champion in supporting Taiwan, I'm proud to join Rep. Chabot in this crucial effort to uphold and defend Taiwan’s democracy.”

The Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act would:

  • Make Taiwan eligible for priority delivery of excess defense articles.
  • Require the Secretary of Defense to use the Special Defense Acquisition Fund to accelerate weapons procurement for Taiwan.
  • Authorize the creation of a war reserve stockpile on Taiwan.

Read the bill here.

Read a section-by-section summary here.