President Waives Restrictions on Relations with Burma's Military under Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2008 [October 12, 2016] [open pdf - 126KB]
"On September 28, 2016, President Obama issued Presidential Determination 2016-14 waiving for the first time the military assistance restrictions that are mandated by the Child Solider Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA; 22 U.S.C. 2370c et seq.) with respect to Burma. Other restrictions on military assistance to Burma for FY2017 remain in effect. The accompanying memorandum of justification indicated that the waiver was in the national interest of the United States to support and strengthen Burma's democratic transition, and that the new Burmese government is 'a willing partner that will work to stop the recruitment of children.' Some observers speculate the waiver indicates the Obama Administration's interest in expanding military relations with Burma, an issue of contention among some Members and the Administration. [...] Some Members of Congress and the Obama Administration have differed over U.S. policy toward Burma. At issue are differences in opinion over what U.S. policy towards Burma should be, as well as the adequacy of the administration's efforts to inform Members about President Obama's reinstatement of Burma's Generalized System of Preferences eligibility and the intention to terminate the national emergency with respect to Burma announced during Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Washington, DC, in September 2016. The presidential waiver of the CSPA restrictions was not among the changes in U.S. policy announced during that visit, and as such, congressional response is difficult to predict. Congress has options in its response to the waiver, including taking no specific action."
CRS Insight, IN10595
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html