Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on House passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act:

“This bipartisan legislation provides critical tools to support our troops and keep America safe, and I am proud to support it. Notably, this year’s bill also contains my reforms to modernize our U.S. export controls. These controls – last written during the Cold War – lapsed years ago, exposing big gaps that countries like China and Russia have exploited to obtain sensitive technologies from U.S. businesses. The export control reforms we’ve achieved will build a modern, adaptable system that will work in tandem with a stronger CFIUS process to maintain the U.S. edge in emerging fields like robotics and artificial intelligence. This is a big win for our economy and our national security.”