On Dec. 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which contains essential U.S. assistance to Israel.
Expressing strong bipartisan support for Israel, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in security assistance to the Jewish state, $487.6 million for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs and $40 million for a new U.S.-Israel anti-tunneling initiative, among other things.
U.S. security assistance is the most tangible manifestation of American support for Israel, especially during a time of tremendous turmoil in the Middle East. It is a critical component of U.S. commitments to ensure that the Jewish state maintains its qualitative military edge over its adversaries.
Overall, it is crucial that the United States maintain a robust foreign aid budget. To preserve America’s safety, security and prosperity, the United States must remain engaged in the world and have the resources to do so successfully. A strong foreign aid budget enables us to support key allies like Israel, pave the way for Washington’s diplomatic efforts, spur our job-creating exports and help prevent unstable areas from becoming breeding grounds for terror.