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. 

  • Support the Iranian People

    Iran Protests

    On Dec. 28, 2017, Iran’s citizens launched a wave of protests demanding political and economic reforms from their government. The United States must stand with the people of Iran as they oppose the regime’s entrenched corruption, disregard of human rights and support for regional terrorism. Authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), bipartisan resolutions H.Res. 676 and S. Res. 368 express support for Iran’s citizens and condemn the Iranian government’s persistent violations of human rights. On Jan. 9, the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 676 with a vote of 415-2. Thank your representative for supporting and urge your senators to support these bipartisan resolutions.

  • Develop a Comprehensive Strategy for Iran

    Supreme Leader of Iran

    Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains Israel’s and America’s greatest long-term threat in the Middle East. The United States must confront Tehran’s aggression, take firm action to support regional allies, and fix the flaws of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to ensure that Iran can never obtain nuclear weapons as the deal’s restrictions expire. Please urge your members of Congress to pursue a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to Iran that addresses Tehran’s dangerous regional aggression and the underlying flaws of the nuclear deal.

  • Target Palestinian Payments to Terrorists

    Palestinian Incitement

    The Taylor Force Act (S.1697 and H.R. 1164) cuts funding for assistance that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority (PA) due to its ongoing practice of providing payments to convicted terrorists and the families of those who died while committing acts of terrorism against Israelis and Americans. Urge your members of Congress to support this bipartisan legislation and press the Palestinians to end the abhorrent practice of incentivizing terrorism.

  • Support Assistance for Israel and Foreign Aid

    Fighter Jet

    The United States has long defined Israel’s survival and security as important to its national interests. Accordingly, America provides Israel—the sole democracy in the Middle East—with annual security assistance to help it defend itself, by itself, against mounting threats across the region.

    Please urge your members of Congress to support full funding of annual security assistance to Israel—$3.1 billion—as well as $705 million in missile defense funding.

  • Support Direct Negotiations

    Abbas and Netanyahu

    In 2016, the United States failed to veto a one-sided, anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council. The resolution hinders the peace process by seeking to impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians instead of supporting an agreement reached through direct, bilateral negotiations. Please thank members who spoke out against the most recent, destructive action at the United Nations (U.N.) regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urge those who have not.

  • Fight the Boycott of Israel

    EU Flags

    Israel has long been targeted with economic warfare, and Congress has a proud history of defending the Jewish state from such attacks. Please press your lawmakers to fight the boycott of Israel. Specifically, please urge your representative and senators to support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720 and H.R. 1697) and the Combating BDS Act of 2017 (S.170 and H. R. 2856).

  • Increase Sanctions on Hezbollah

    hezbollah marching

    Hezbollah is a Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed terrorist organization that poses a direct threat to American interests and Israel, props up the Assad regime in Syria, and dominates the Lebanese government. Please thank your members of Congress for backing bipartisan legislation—The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017 (S.1595 and H.R.3329)—that would impose additional sanctions on the terrorist organization and those that support it.