Legislative Agenda

Congress has been a bedrock of support for the U.S.-Israel relationship by supporting aid, helping stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, supporting Israel's right to defend itself and reinforcing American policy that peace will only be achieved through direct negotiations. Below are the current legislative priorities that will strengthen American and Israeli security and the bonds that unite these two allies. 

  • Stop Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

    Supreme Leader of Iran

    In September 2015, Congress opposed the profoundly flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by bipartisan majorities in both houses. Nonetheless, the nuclear deal with Iran will be implemented and the United States must now maintain constant vigilance to ensure Iranian compliance, and be ready to move quickly against any violations of the deal. In addition, America must step up pressure against Tehran’s other malign regional activities and dramatically increase support for Israel’s security.

  • Demand an End to Palestinian Incitement

    Mahmoud Abbas

    Both chambers of Congress recently passed bipartisan resolutions— S.Res. 302 and H.Res. 293—in support of Israel's right to self-defense and calling on the Palestinian leadership to stop inciting violence.

  • Sanction Hezbollah

    Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, poses a direct threat to American and Israeli security. The United States should fully enforce sanctions on Hezbollah and expands sanctions targeting the terrorist group.

  • Fight the Boycott of Israel

    EU Flags

    The U.S.-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015, introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), combats the rising tide of international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.Taking aim at government-led anti-Israel activities, the measure helps leverage the ongoing free trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union in an effort to suppress Europe’s “commercial discrimination” through the BDS movement. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) introduced a similar bill that both counters state-sponsored boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state and looks to bolster economic ties between the U.S. and Israel.

  • Support Security Assistance for Israel

    Fighter Jet

    On Feb. 2, President Obama submitted his budget for fiscal year 2016, including $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel. During a time of tremendous turmoil in the Middle East, American aid is a vital to ensure that the Jewish state maintains its qualitative military edge over its adversaries. Congress should continue to support crucial security assistance to Israel.