House Panel Adopts Bill Dramatically Strengthening U.S.-Israel Relationship


Contact: Marshall Wittmann,

January 29, 2014


House Panel Adopts Bill Dramatically Strengthening U.S.-Israel Relationship

AIPAC commends the House Foreign Affairs Committee for adopting the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (H.R. 938). This bipartisan bill, authored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) as well as Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), will dramatically strengthen the relationship between the two allies as they work to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East.

The legislation, which passed the committee by voice vote, declares that Israel is a “major strategic partner” of the United States. This designation lays the foundation for expanded U.S.-Israel cooperation in a wide variety of spheres, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, energy, agriculture, science and trade.

AIPAC urges the full House of Representatives to take action on the legislation. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).


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.