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


Contact: Marshall Wittmann,

March 5, 2014


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

AIPAC applauds the House of Representatives for overwhelmingly adopting today the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (H.R. 938). This bipartisan bill, authored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ed Royce (R-CA) and 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 bill 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.

 A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). AIPAC urges the Senate to act on this critical legislation.



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.