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December 11, 2013
House Panel Adopts Ground-Breaking Bill Promoting US-Israel Energy Strategic Partnership
AIPAC applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s adoption of H.R. 3683, the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Enhancement Act , a vital measure to enhance the strategic partnership between the countries. Led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Democrat Henry Waxman (D-CA), the bill seeks to capture the opportunities afforded by recent energy developments in the United States and Israel – and the remarkable culture of innovation in each – to improve our shared energy security and energy independence. The bill seeks to develop new mechanisms for long-term, strategic cooperation. AIPAC urges the House to adopt this significant, ground-breaking legislation.
The bi-partisan measure would implement a number of key innovations. It would establish a U.S.-Israel strategic dialogue group on issues of energy security; authorize the creation of a U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence to promote the development of advanced energy technologies; promote academic linkages; and expand joint R&D programs into renewable energy, natural gas and water technologies. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have introduced a similar bill in the Senate.
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.