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Rand Paul to Force a Vote Blocking Sale of More F-16s to Pakistan


The Hill is reporting that the former GOP presidential candidate will use a provision of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to force a floor vote on his resolution.

A report published by the Congressional Research Service explains that Paul must wait 10 days before launching his legislative attempt to block the United States from supplying high-tech aviation to Pakistan.

Paul's resolution specifically prohibits the sale of 16 F-16 fighter jets, as well as 14 Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), eight N/APG-68(V)9 radars, and eight ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS).

Applicable sections of the AECA permits only limited debate (10 hours) on the resolution, but that's not quite the end of the story procedurally.

In an interview with the blog Rare, Paul reaffirmed his commitment to blocking "any arm sales to Pakistan" until Islamabad releases Dr. Shakil Afridi and Asia Bibi, a Christian woman being held in prison for violating the country's strict blasphemy laws.