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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring a bipartisan bill H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act or the PACT Act. This legislation charts a bipartisan response to Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria that is tough, targeted, and smart.

With the expectation of a U.S. withdrawal from the security coordination zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, Turkey launched a military invasion of northeast Syria on October 9.  We have seen Turkish military units attack Syrian Kurdish communities and
force Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to divert critical personnel and resources from counter-ISIS operations. There are reports of widespread attacks against civilians and over one hundred thousand displaced persons.  Despite international efforts to halt
the operation, Turkey has not withdrawn and some attacks against the Kurdish community continue. The situation is unacceptable. Turkey must not be allowed to threaten the SDF, Kurdish and Arab civilians, and other religious and ethnic minority communities
in northern Syria.

The PACT Act provides a strong, targeted response to the crisis caused by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria. It sanctions senior Turkish officials involved in the decision and those committing human rights abuses; penalizes Turkish financial institutions
involved in perpetuating President Erdogan’s corrupt practices and those which deal with the Turkish defense industry; prevents the sale of arms to Turkey for use in Syria; requires the Administration to impose CAATSA sanctions for Turkey’s purchase of the
S-400; requires a series of reports to address the negative consequences of the Turkish invasion of northern Syria; and mandates a report on Erdogan’s net worth and assets.

If you would like to cosponsor this legislation, please email
. For questions, please contact Jacqueline Ramos ( or Gabriella Zach (


ELIOT L. ENGEL                                          MICHAEL T. McCAUL
Chairman                                                      Ranking Member
House Committee on Foreign Affairs            House Committee on Foreign Affairs


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Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4695
Special Note: The PACT Act

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