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

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Jan. 16 that Iran had met its initial nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Accordingly, “Implementation Day” was reached and the P5+1 lifted nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. Congress and the president must exercise robust oversight of Iran's behavior and respond to any Iranian violations of the JCPOA or United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCR) with certain, swift and severe penalties.

  • 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.

  • 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. 9, President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress, including $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel. This funding is in accordance with the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Israel. On Dec. 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which contained 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.