The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday, May 9, reaffirming and enhancing U.S. policy commitments to Israel’s security, JTA reported.
The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), passed by a vote of 411-2. The legislation garnered bipartisan support from 294 co-sponsors prior to passage.
In addition to expanding military cooperation between the two countries, the legislation states that it will be U.S. policy to provide Israel with essential military capabilities to preserve its qualitative military edge in the region. The Senate is considering similar legislation that is sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and has