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.
House and Senate members are spearheading initiatives to strengthen economic sanctions on Iran in order to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
Lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to dramatically strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel as they work to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East.
President Obama has requested $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of his budget for fiscal year 2013. The president has also requested $211 million in additional funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.