The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act (S. 2673 and H.R. 938) will dramatically strengthen and expand the U.S.-Israel alliance as a way to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East. By declaring in legislation that Israel is a “major strategic partner” of the United States, the bill lays the foundation for expanded U.S.-Israel cooperation in a wide variety of spheres, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, cyber security, energy, water, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies.
This bipartisan bill was adopted by unanimous consent in the Senate on September 18, 2014. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on March 5, 2014 by a resounding vote of 410-1. The bills now must be reconciled before going to the president for his signature.
The bill was authored in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the House, the legislation was authored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).