Hastings and Schweikert Laud Passage of their Amendment on Tunisia in NDAA
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) Co-Chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, released a joint statement on their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, expressing the sense of Congress that the United States assist and cooperate with the Republic of Tunisia as it combats the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or other terrorist organizations.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings: “The United States must stand ready to assist the Tunisian people combat the rising threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist organizations, as such groups try to destroy the impressive democratic gains made by Tunisia. There is no doubt that Tunisia’s dedication to freedom and the rule of law is a direct threat to the hideous ideology championed by terrorist groups like ISIL. All democracies, young and old alike, must come to Tunisia’s aid in an effort to protect freedom and democracy in a region that knows too little of both.”
Congressman David Schweikert: “Tunisia and America have a long and rich history of friendship and partnership. As we saw with the tragic Bardo Museum attack, Tunisia's democratic aspirations have made them a target for terrorists and extremists in the region. Representative Hastings and my amendment would forge closer cooperation between our nations to combat those that wish to reverse Tunisia's democratic progress."
Congressman David Schweikert and Congressman Alcee L. Hastings registered the Tunisia Caucus in the Summer of 2013. Since its inception, the Caucus has worked to inform policy makers of the democratic transition in Tunisia, while strengthening bilateral relations between the United States and Tunisia.