AIPAC Applauds House Committee Passage of Groundbreaking Homeland Security Bill

AIPAC applauds the House Homeland Security Committee's unanimous approval of groundbreaking homeland security legislation which strengthens anti-terror cooperation between the United States, Israel and other nations. The committee passed the bill earlier today by a voice vote.

"Working with allies like Israel and Britain to protect America against terrorist threats is good policy. AIPAC strongly supports this legislation, establishing an office within the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the U.S. is leveraging the technical anti-terrorism expertise of our leading allies in the global war against terror," said AIPAC spokesman Josh Block.

The bill establishes a new office and grant program under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tasked with fostering cooperation between the homeland security research and development communities in the U.S. and abroad. Israel is among the partners designated in the bill, which also includes the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Singapore and other allies in the global war on terror.

AIPAC commends the leadership of the bill's sponsors for their efforts to secure the committee's passage of this important legislation. The House bill (H.R. 4942) is led by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Peter King (R-NY) and Ranking Member Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI), and Emergency Preparedness and Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ranking Member Bill Pascrell Jr.(D-NJ). A similar bill, also supported by AIPAC, is currently under consideration by the Senate.