AIPAC Applauds Senate Passage of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

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Contact: Adam Harris, aharris@aipac.org
June 29, 2012

AIPAC Applauds Senate Passage of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

 

WASHINGTON — AIPAC applauds the Senate passage of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (S. 2165). This bipartisan bill—which passed by unanimous consent with 69 cosponsors—recommends several ways to strengthen U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation in the fields of missile defense, homeland security, energy, intelligence and cyber-security.

As the United States faces an increasingly dangerous environment in the Middle East—the mounting threat posed by Iran, instability in Syria and the strengthening of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hizballah, whose reach stretches into the Western hemisphere—now is the time to enhance our strategic cooperation with our stable, democratic ally Israel.

AIPAC applauds the efforts by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to ensure that this important legislation was passed. Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) were instrumental in expeditiously getting this bill passed through the Foreign Relations Committee. The House passed similar legislation—led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)—in May by a vote of 413-2.

AIPAC calls on Congress to reconcile expeditiously these two bills to bolster the ties between the United States and Israel. 

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Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is a bipartisan American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. For more than 50 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the U.S. and Israel. With more than 100,000 members across the United States, AIPAC works throughout the country to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.