Rooney Cosponsors Legislation Advancing U.S.-Israel International Security Partnership
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), a senior member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the following statement after cosponsoring H.R. 5141, the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018:
“The United States and Israel’s longstanding partnership is grounded in our similar ideals and visions for the world,” Rooney said. “As aggression against Israel worsens and security threats continue to grow and evolve, this bill ensures Israel can preserve its technological and tactical edge over its adversaries. This legislation reaffirms our strong commitment to equipping our ally Israel with the tools necessary to defend itself from existing and emerging threats.”
In September 2016, Israel and the United States agreed upon $38 billion in foreign military financing over a 10-year period as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 – Fiscal Year 2028 Memorandum of Understanding — the single-largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history.
The legislation also equips Israel with the tools to research and combat conventional military threats or new emerging threats like cybersecurity.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced the bill in March. The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the measure on May 9th.