NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998
October 23, 1997
105th Congress 1st Session
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TITLE XII--MATTERS RELATING TO OTHER NATIONS
SUBTITLE C--OTHER MATTERS
Sense of Congress and reports regarding financial costs of
enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (sec. 1223)
The House bill contained a provision (sec. 1207) that would limit
the amount spent by the United States on enlarging the membership of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to ten percent of the cost of
expansion, or a total of $2.0 billion, whichever is less, for fiscal
years 1998 through 2010.
The Senate amendment contained no similar provision.
The Senate recedes with an amendment that would include findings on
the differing assessments of the costs of enlarging NATO in reports
submitted to Congress by the Department of Defense, the Congressional
Budget Office and the RAND Corporation, and the General Accounting
Office; would express the sense of Congress that the costs associated
with enlarging the Alliance will be major factors during Senate
consideration of the instruments of ratification, and the congressional
authorization and appropriation of funds. The provision would require
the Secretary of Defense to provide to Congress by March 31, 1998, an
assessment of the NATO analysis of the military requirements and the
estimated financial costs to the Alliance of integrating Poland, the
Czech Republic, and Hungary into NATO. In addition, the provision would
require the Secretary of Defense to submit with the fiscal year 1999
budget a report on the costs of NATO enlargement reflected in the
Department of Defense budget and with appropriate detail in the budget
justification materials submitted to Congress.
Sense of Congress regarding expansion of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (sec. 1224)
The Senate amendment contained a provision (sec. 1087) that would
express the sense of the Senate commending the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) for its commitment to review the prospect of further
enlarging the Alliance in 1999, and for its recognition of progress made
by Romania and Slovenia in meeting the guidelines for prospective
membership in NATO.
The House bill contained no similar provision.
The House recedes with a technical and clarifying amendment.
TITLE XXV--NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION SECURITY INVESTMENT
FISCAL YEAR 1998
The House bill would authorize $166,300,000 for the U.S.
contribution to the NATO Security Investment Program for fiscal year
The Senate amendment would authorize $152,600,000 for this purpose.
The conferees agree to authorize $152,600,000 for the United States
contribution to the NATO Security Investment Program.