The pro-Taiwan lobby in US Congress is gathering steam after president Obama refused permission for F-16 sales to Taiwan, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. The Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act (TAMA) is now up for discussion.
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act (TAMA) on Sept. 12 for congressional review. The new act is an effort to force the Obama administration to adhere to “obligations” under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act “to provide Taiwan with the military equipment it needs to maintain its self-defense capabilities,” said a press release issued by the two senators.
The new legislation is the latest salvo from Taiwan supporters in Congress who are pushing Obama to release an $8-billion deal for 66 F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighter aircraft. On Aug. 1, 181 bipartisan U.S. House members sent a letter to Obama urging him to release F-16s. On May 26, another bipartisan letter signed by 45 senators was sent to the White House.
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