House Foreign Affairs Cmte Passes Deutch's Libya Stabilization Act
Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed the Libya Stabilization Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism.
“In recent months, Libya has experienced a ceasefire, focused diplomacy, and a political dialogue that have increased security for all Libyans. A unified interim government, inaugurated in March, will govern Libya until free, fair, inclusive, and credible elections are held in December. While I’m heartened by these developments and President Biden’s renewed focus on Libya, the situation is tenuous. More than half a million migrants remain in Libya, human rights abuses continue, and progress on securing the withdrawal of foreign weapons, forces, and mercenaries from Libya remains elusive,” said Chair Deutch. “The Libya Stabilization Act demonstrates congressional interest in ending foreign intervention and consolidating Libya’s political gains, both before and after the December elections. Removing foreign forces, protecting human rights and helping Libyans rebuild their country will encourage long-term peace and stability in Libya.”
A previous version of the Libya Stabilization Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2020.