Senator Rand Paul seeks to block Biden sale of F-16s to Turkey

ANCA rallies support for privileged motion which can be brought directly to the Senate floor

The ANCA is supporting efforts by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to stop the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets and other armaments to Turkey.

WASHINGTON—Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, has introduced legislation to block President Biden’s proposed sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, a move strongly supported by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The ANCA is urging nationwide grassroots outreach to senators through its online portal at

The Paul Resolution, a privileged measure entitled to an up-or-down vote of the full U.S. Senate, would prohibit a broad array of weapons systems, in addition to the pending sale of F-16s. The resolution’s predicate is Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) of 1976.

“Turkey is today a NATO ally in name only – an increasingly hostile state that undermines our American interests, attacks our regional allies and rejects our democratic values,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “President Biden shouldn’t ship Ankara a single bullet, much less one of our most advanced weapons systems – arms that will surely be deployed against Greeks, Cypriots, Kurds and Armenians – as they were during Azerbaijan’s 2020 attack on Artsakh.”

Senator Paul’s joint resolution of disapproval would help reassert Congress’ crucial oversight role over arms sales and force a long-overdue public conversation about the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Extensive civil society reporting and successive State Department reports document that Turkey is not statutorily eligible for either U.S. security assistance or military sales. This measure would bring actual administration policy into alignment with U.S. law.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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