Washington–This week, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6000, The FriendSHIP Act:
“After examining U.S. security concerns on a congressional delegation trip to Southeast Asia last week, it is clear this region of the world presents direct dangers to America’s safety. It is crucial that the U.S. does more to empower our allies and friends in the region.
“This legislation authorizes the transfer of an amphibious ship to Japan, providing our close ally with a badly needed tool to reinforce security in an increasingly dangerous part of the world. The ship in question, a TARAWA class amphibious ship in decommissioned reserve status, will help Japan bolster its Navy as well as provide critical humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Before the transfer by sale or grant, the ship will undergo repair and refurbishment as needed in a United States shipyard at Japan’s expense, and any cost associated with the transfer will be covered by Japan, not U.S. taxpayers. The world needs our leadership, however, the U.S. cannot do everything. With this ship, Japan can help provide peace where the U.S. would have been required to.”