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100 STAT. 3341-354
100 STAT. 3341-354
PUBLIC LAW 99-000—MMMM. DD, 1986

PUBLIC LAW 99-591—OCT. 30, 1986

100 STAT. 3341-354

(B) Since it is apparent from numerous accounts by the State Department, congressional delegations, and human rights organizations that Romanian citizens are being arbitrarily hareissed, interrogated, and arrested by government authorities for exercising their civil and religious liberties; (C) Since Romania's harassment of religious believers extends to the arrest of persons for distributing Bibles and the destruction of places of worship, including most recently the country's largest Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Sephardic synagogue in Bucharest; (D) Since the Romanian government has imposed severe limits on the freedom of Hungarians and other ethnic minorities to express and maintain their cultural heritage, and has attempted to systematically eliminate Hungarian churches, schools, traditions, and even the Hungarian language from Romanian society; (E) Since the United States' extension of Most-Favored-Nation trade status to Romania, although linked in the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to freedom of emigration from that country, might be misconstrued as an endorsement of that nation's abusive internal practices: (2) Now, therefore be it declared by the Senate— The Congress strongly condemns Romania's continued hostility to the exercise of religious, political and cultural rights, and calls upon Romania to cease such persecution, to halt its destruction of places of worship, and to lift its ban on the production and distribution of Bibles and other religious literature. (c) It is the sense of the Congress that the President should consider the following factors in shaping our bilateral relations with Romania: (1) whether Romania is making substantial progress in halting its persecution of Romanian citizens on religious and politiI cal grounds and its repression of Hungarians and other ethnic minorities; and (2) whether Romania is fulfilling its commitments to permit the printing of several thousand Bibles in Romania and to provide for and preserve places of worship. (d) The Secretary of State shall transmit a copy of this resolution to the head of the diplomatic mission of Romania to the United States and to Romania's permanent representative to the United Nations. SEC. 146. Such amounts as may be necessary of the Polish currencies held by the United States which have been generated by the sale to Poland of surplus United States dairy products shall be available for construction and renovation projects to be undertaken in Poland under the auspices of the Charitable Commission of the Polish Catholic Episcopate for the benefit of handicapped and orphaned children. Such currencies may be utilized without regard to the requirements of section 1306 of title 31, United States Code, or any other provision of law. SEC. 147. Section 61(a) of the Arms Export Control Act is amended by adding at the end thereof the following: "The President may waive the requirement of paragraph (3) with respect to a lease which is made in exchange with the lessee for a lease on substantially reciprocal terms of defense articles for the Department of Defense, except that this waiver authority— "(A) may be exercised only if the President submits to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropria-