This marked the first indication that the new Congress, divided between
a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, could resume an examination of
the $60 billion Saudi project. In November, the Saudi request for the
F-15s, AH-64D attack helicopters and S-70 utility helicopters did not meet
The report said Congress remains concerned over the export of advanced
U.S. platforms to the Saudi military. One issue was whether the arms deal
would affect the military balance between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
"The U.S. government is pursuing an initiative to supply Israel with
fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, which, when delivered,
would maintain Israel’s status as having the most advanced fighter aircraft
in the region," the report, dated Jan. 3, said.
Still, CRS did not expect the administration of President Barack Obama
to agree to any restriction on the Saudi arms deal. The administration has
already been overseeing new U.S. military and security programs,
particularly in the protection of energy facilities.
"With regard to the proposed arms sales, Congress retains the option of
passing legislation to block or modify an arms sale at any time up to the
point of delivery of the items involved," the report said. "Such an action,
if taken, would, as with a joint resolution of disapproval, be subject to