REPS LIEU & POE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN U.S.-ISRAEL ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

March 22, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation (House Resolution 218) to recognize the economic accomplishments of the U.S.-Israel economic partnership and support enhanced collaboration across a variety of sectors within the science and technology sphere. Since the signing of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement three decades ago, Israel has become one of America’s most dynamic economic collaborators in the Middle East and North Africa. Today, even individual U.S. states are partnering with Israel to collaborate on areas of interest, as California did in 2014 on water conservation and cybersecurity. This legislation supports deepening these ongoing partnerships.

Upon introduction of the legislation, Congressman Lieu said:

“The U.S.-Israel economic partnership has become one of the most exciting aspects of the bilateral relationship. Our joint research institutions are collaborating on life-changing medical breakthroughs, and our technology sectors are fueling ground-breaking innovations from Silicon Beach to Silicon Wadi. I am proud to introduce this legislation to send strong, bipartisan support for deepening U.S.-Israel cooperation in promising fields like energy, water conservation, neurotechnology and cybersecurity.”

Upon introduction of the legislation, Congressman Poe said:

“Israel is one of the strongest allies of the United States. In a dangerous world, our bilateral relationship focuses on security issues, but it does not end there. Economic ties bond our two peoples together.  Israel was the first country the United States entered into an free trade agreement with and the trade relationship has flourished ever since. That relationship spans across nearly every economic sector, with especially close cooperation in the fields of technology, agriculture, and science.  The bilateral economic relationship strengthens our alliance and is built on our shared values of free enterprise and innovation. In a time of uncertainty in the world, this legislation is necessary to reaffirm the United States commitment to Israel is unwavering.”

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Additional Legislative Details:

Congressmen Lieu and Poe were joined by 36 original cosponsors in introducing H. Res. 218 which seeks to: (1) affirm the robustness of the economic relationship; (2) recognize that science and technology innovation present new frontiers for economic cooperation; (3) encourage the Administration to expand and regularize existing forums of economic dialogue with Israel; and (4) support the exploration of new agreements, including in the fields of energy, water, agriculture, medicine, neurotechnology and cybersecurity.  U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Gardener (R-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced companion legislation to H. Res. 218 in the U.S. Senate.

Endorsed by:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Jewish Committee, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, J Street, Jewish Federations of North America, B'nai B'rith International 

Original Cosponsors of the Resolution (36):

Allen, Carbajal, Cicilline, Connolly, Delaney, DeSantis, Deutch, Donovan, Foster, Frankel, Green, Hastings, Jenkins, Kelly, King, Lamborn, Langevin, Lipinski, Lowenthal, Marino, Meng, Moore, Murphy, Nadler, Poe, Quigley, Rice, Rokita, Rosen, Roskam, Ros-Lehtinen, Serrano, Swalwell, Velázquez, Wasserman Schultz, Yoho

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