[House Document 113-108]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]



113th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 113-108

 
      CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SYRIA

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                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

    NOTIFICATION THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SYRIA, 
 ORIGINALLY DECLARED ON MAY 11, 2004, BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 13338, IS TO 
                 CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND MAY 11, 2014




May 8, 2014.--Message and accompanying papers referred to the Committee 
              on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed
To the Congress of the United States:
    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 
1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national 
emergency, unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date 
of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal 
Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that 
the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary 
date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the 
Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating 
that the national emergency with respect to the actions of the 
Government of Syria declared in Executive Order 13338 of May 
11, 2004--as modified in scope and relied upon for additional 
steps taken in Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006, 
Executive Order 13460 of February 13, 2008, Executive Order 
13572 of April 29, 2011, Executive Order 13573 of May 18, 2011, 
Executive Order 13582 of August 17, 2011, Executive Order 13606 
of April 22, 2012, and Executive Order 13608 of May 1, 2012--is 
to continue in effect beyond May 11, 2014.
    The regime's brutal war on the Syrian people, who have been 
calling for freedom and a representative government, endangers 
not only the Syrian people themselves, but could yield greater 
instability throughout the region. The Syrian regime's actions 
and policies, including supporting terrorist organizations and 
impeding the Lebanese government's ability to function 
effectively, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary 
threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of 
the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it 
is necessary to continue in effect the national emergency 
declared with respect to this threat and to maintain in force 
the sanctions to address this national emergency.
    In addition, the United States condemns the Asad regime's 
use of brutal violence and human rights abuses and calls on the 
Asad regime to stop its violent war and allow a political 
transition in Syria that will forge a credible path to a future 
of greater freedom, democracy, opportunity, and justice.
    The United States will consider changes in the composition, 
policies, and actions of the Government of Syria in determining 
whether to continue or terminate this national emergency in the 
future.

                                                      Barack Obama.
    The White House, May 7, 2014.
                                 Notice

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 Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to the Actions of 
                        the Government of Syria

    On May 11, 2004, pursuant to his authority under the 
International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701-
1706, and the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty 
Restoration Act of 2003, Public Law 108-175, the President 
issued Executive Order 13338, in which he declared a national 
emergency with respect to the actions of the Government of 
Syria. To deal with this national emergency, Executive Order 
13338 authorized the blocking of property of certain persons 
and prohibited the exportation or re-exportation of certain 
goods to Syria. The national emergency was modified in scope 
and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 
13399 of April 25, 2006, Executive Order 13460 of February 13, 
2008, Executive Order 13572 of April 29, 2011, Executive Order 
13573 of May 18, 2011, Executive Order 13582 of August 17, 
2011, Executive Order 13606 of April 22, 2012, and Executive 
Order 13608 of May 1, 2012.
    The President took these actions to deal with the unusual 
and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign 
policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the 
actions of the Government of Syria in supporting terrorism, 
maintaining its then-existing occupation of Lebanon, pursuing 
weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and 
undermining U.S. and international efforts with respect to the 
stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.
    The regime's brutal war on the Syrian people, who have been 
calling for freedom and a representative government, endangers 
not only the Syrian people themselves but also is generating 
instability throughout the region. The Syrian regime's actions 
and policies, including the use of chemical weapons, supporting 
terrorist organizations, and impeding the Lebanese government's 
ability to function effectively, continue to pose an unusual 
and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign 
policy, and economy of the United States. As a result, the 
national emergency declared on May 11, 2004, and the measures 
to deal with that emergency adopted on that date in Executive 
Order 13338; on April 25, 2006, in Executive Order 13399; on 
February 13, 2008, in Executive Order 13460; on April 29, 2011, 
in Executive Order 13572; on May 18, 2011, in Executive Order 
13573; on August 17, 2011, in Executive Order 13582; on April 
22, 2012, in Executive Order 13606; and on May 1, 2012, in 
Executive Order 13608; must continue in effect beyond May 11, 
2014. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the 
National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I am continuing 
for 1 year the national emergency declared with respect to the 
actions of the Government of Syria.
    In addition, the United States condemns the Asad regime's 
use of brutal violence and human rights abuses and calls on the 
Asad regime to stop its violent war and allow a political 
transition in Syria that will forge a credible path to a future 
of greater freedom, democracy, opportunity, and justice.
    The United States will consider changes in the composition, 
policies, and actions of the Government of Syria in determining 
whether to continue or terminate this national emergency in the 
future.
    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and 
transmitted to the Congress.

                                                      Barack Obama.
    The White House, May 7, 2014.