US Senate bill would restrict Saudi travel, exports

12/01/2003
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and six colleagues Nov. 18 introduced a bill that restricts Saudi diplomats' travel in the US and discourages US companies from exporting certain defense-related goods to the kingdom.S. 1888, the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2003, was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.While the bill does not specifically address energy trade between the two countries, industry lobbyists predicted the legislation could complicate US industry efforts to renegotiate upstream natural gas projects within Saudi Arabia.Meanwhile, analysts said the timing of the bill is ill-conceived given that Saudi Arabia is a key oil supplier to the US."It is difficult to u...
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