House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Address Libyan Conflict
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Libya Stabilization Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, Ranking Member Joe Wilson (SC-02), Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07).
Since April 2019, Libya has increasingly endured foreign intervention in an escalating conflict that undermines U.S. interests and regional stability. The war has provided Russia a foothold in North Africa and influence over Libya’s energy industry, undermined NATO solidarity and threatened European security, destabilized Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean more broadly, and exacerbated a humanitarian and migrant crisis.
"Congress has not lifted its attention from Libya," Chairman Deutch said. "In fact, with this bill's passage, a bipartisan House is notifying all parties to the conflict, including outside actors, of our support for diplomacy and our willingness to use sanctions against obstructive actors that undermine ongoing political talks and refuse to withdraw military arms and forces from Libya. We are committed to work with our partners in Europe, the UN, regional states, and the Libyan people to achieve a comprehensive political solution to finally end the conflict and help rebuild Libya. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill and send it to the president’s desk."
“For nearly a decade now, Libya has been beset by civil war fueled by toxic foreign interference at the expense of the lives and future of the Libyan people. With the passage of the Libya Stabilization Act by the House of Representatives, Congress is sending a clear message in support of a sovereign Libya free of foreign intervention," said Ranking Member Wilson. This crucial bill will place a real cost on foreign powers who have meddled in Libya and prolonged the suffering of the Libyan people, especially the Russian Federation. I am grateful that this bill also importantly provides much-needed support for Libyan civil society to strengthen the democratic institutions of the Libyan state.”