United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018

H.R.5141
Introduced: 
March 1, 2018
115
Second
May 22, 2018
Referred to House (sub)committee

This bill would maintain U.S. military aid to Israel and expand joint security programs in a variety of ways. In terms of direct security assistance, it would authorize foreign military financing for Israel at the levels set in the Memorandum of Understanding reached in 2016 (see JPS 46 [2]); extend the Israeli government’s authority to access the war reserves stockpile in Israel and certain loan guarantees through FY2023; and direct the president to report to Congress on the reasons why Israel has not yet been made eligible for a strategic trade authorization exemption. It would also authorize the president to conduct a joint assessment with the Israeli government on the quantity and type of precision-guided munitions the IDF would need to combat Hezbollah and Hamas and authorize the president to transfer such munitions and related materials to Israel “as necessary for self-defense.”

In terms of cooperative programs, it would direct the secretary of state to establish a grant-making program to support joint cybersecurity research and development, and commercialization of related technologies; direct the administrator of NASA to continue working with the Israel Space Agency in pursuit of “peaceful space exploration and science initiatives in areas of mutual interest”; authorize the administrator of USAID to reach a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel “in order to advance common goals on energy, agriculture and food security, democracy, human rights and governance, economic growth and trade, education, environment, global health and water sanitation”; and authorize the president to make an agreement with Israel on joint research, development, testing, evaluation, and production of anti-drone technology.

Finally, the bill would direct the president to include consideration of cybersecurity, drones, and a number of other new issues in his report to Congress on Israel’s “qualitative military edge”; and reaffirm the U.S. policy to maintain Israel’s “ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military or emerging threat from any individual state or possible coalition of states or from non-state actors.”

Like H.R. 5132 of 3/1/18, this bill was a key ask at the American Israel Public Affairs Comm.’s annual lobbying day in early 3/2018.           

Sponsor/Cosponsors:

Ralph Abraham(R-LA)Pete Aguilar(D-CA)Richard W. Allen(R-GA)Mark E. Amodei(R-NV)Jodey C. Arrington(R-TX)Brian Babin(R-TX)Don Bacon(R-NE)Jim Banks(R-IN)Louis Barletta(R-PA)Andy Barr(R-KY)Ami Bera(D-CA)Andy Biggs(R-AZ)Gus Bilirakis(R-FL)Sanford Bishop(D-GA)Rob Bishop(R-UT)Mike Bishop(R-MI)Marsha Blackburn(R-TN)Rod Blum(R-IA)Suzanne Bonamici(D-OR)Mike Bost(R-IL)Brendan Boyle(D-PA)Robert Brady(D-PA)Anthony G. Brown(D-MD)Julia Brownley(D-CA)Larry Bucshon(R-IN)Michael Burgess(R-TX)Cheri Bustos(D-IL)Bradley Byrne(R-AL)Michael Capuano(D-MA)Salud O. Carbajal(D-CA)Buddy Carter(R-GA)Kathy Castor(D-FL)Steve Chabot(R-OH)Judy Chu(D-CA)David Cicilline(D-RI)Yvette Clarke(D-)Mike Coffman(R-CO)Tom Cole(R-OK)Barbara Comstock(R-VA)Mike Conaway(R-TX)Gerry Connolly(D-VA)Paul Cook(R-CA)Jim Costa(D-CA)Ryan Costello(R-PA)Kevin Cramer(R-ND)Rick Crawford(R-AR)Charlie Crist(D-FL)Joseph Crowley(D-)John Culberson(R-TX)Carlos Curbelo(R-FL)John Curtis(R-UT)Susan Davis(D-CA)Rodney Davis(R-IL)Ron DeSantis(R-FL)Susan DelBene(D-WA)John Delaney(D-MD)Rosa Delauro(D-CT)Jeff Denham(R-CA)Scott DesJarlais(R-TN)Ted Deutch(D-FL)Mario Diaz-Balart(R-FL)Daniel Donovan(R-NY)Sean Duffy(R-WI)Jeff Duncan(R-SC)Neal P. Dunn(R-FL)Tom Emmer(R-MN)Eliot Engel(D-)Anna Eshoo(D-CA)Adriano Espaillat(D-NY)Ron Estes(R-KS)Elizabeth Esty(D-CT)Dwight Evans(D-PA)John J. Faso(R-NY)Brian Fitzpatrick(R-PA)Chuck Fleischmann(R-TN)Bill Flores(R-TX)Bill Foster(D-IL)Virginia Foxx(R-NC)Lois Frankel(D-FL)Matt Gaetz(R-FL)Mike Gallagher(R-WI)Ruben Gallego(D-AZ)Thomas A. Garrett Jr.(R-VA)Greg Gianforte(R-MT)Bob Gibbs(R-OH)Jimmy Gomez(D-CA)Vicente Gonzalez(D-TX)Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon(R-PA)Josh Gottheimer(D-NJ)Kay Granger(R-TX)Sam Graves(R -MO)Al Green(D-TX)Glenn S. Grothman(R-WI)Colleen Hanabusa(D-HI)Karen Handel(R-GA)Andy Harris(R-MD)Vicky Hartzler(R-MO)Alcee Hastings(D-FL)Dennis Heck(D-WA)Jeb Hensarling(R-TX)Brian Higgins(D-)French Hill(R-AR)Jim Himes(D-CT)Richard Hudson(R-NC)Jared Huffman(D-CA)Randy Hultgren(R-IL)Will Hurd(R-TX)Hakeem Jeffries(D-NY)Mike Johnson(R-LA)Sam Johnson(R-TX)James Jordan(R-OH)David Joyce(R-OH)John Katko(R-NY)William Keating(D-MA)Robin L. Kelly(D-IL)Mike Kelly(R-PA)Joseph Kennedy III(D-MA)Ro Khanna(D-CA)Derek Kilmer(D-WA)Ron Kind(D-WI)Pete King(R-)Steven King(R-IA)Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)Steve Knight(R-CA)Raja Krishnamoorthi(D-IL)David Kustoff(R-TN)Doug LaMalfa(R-CA)Douglas Lamborn(R-CO)Leonard Lance(R-NJ)Jim Langevin(D-RI)John Larson(D-CT)Robert Latta(R-OH)Al Lawson Jr.(D-FL)Debbie Lesko(R-AZ)Sander Levin(D-MI)Ted Lieu(D-CA)Daniel Lipinski(D-IL)Frank Lobiondo(R-NJ)Billy Long(R-MO)Mia Love(R-UT)Alan Lowenthal(D-CA)Nita Lowey(D-)Blaine Luetkemeyer(R-MO)Ben R. Lujan(D-NM)Michelle Lujan Grisham(D-NM)Thomas MacArthur(R-NJ)Sean Patrick Maloney(D-NY)Kenny Ewell Marchant(R-TX)Roger W. Marshall(R-KS)Brian J. Mast(R-FL)Doris Matsui(D-CA)Michael McCaul(R-TX)Betty McCollum(D-MN)Donald A. McEachin(D-VA)Patrick McHenry(R-NC)David McKinley(R-WV)Martha McSally(R-AZ)Mark Meadows(R-NC)Patrick Meehan(R-PA)Gregory Meeks(D-)Grace Meng(D-NY)Luke Messer(R-IN)John Moolenaar(R-MI)Alex Mooney(R-WV)Seth Moulton(D-MA)Stephanie N. Murphy(D-FL)Grace Napolitano(D-CA)Kristi Noem(R-SD)Don Norcross(D-NJ)Ralph Norman(R-SC)Devin Gerald Nunes(R-CA)Tom O'Halleran(D-AZ)Beto O'Rourke(D-TX)Pete Olson(R-TX)Frank Pallone Jr(D-NJ)Jimmy Panetta(D-CA)Bill Pascrell Jr(D-NJ)Erik Paulsen(R-MN)Donald Payne(D-NJ)Steve Pearce(R-NM)Scott Perry(R-PA)Collin Peterson(D-MN)Ted Poe(R-TX)Bruce Poliquin(R-ME)Bill Posey(R-FL)Mike Quigley(D-IL)Jamie Raskin(D-MD)John Lee Ratcliffe(R-TX)James Renacci(R-OH)Kathleen Rice(D-NY)Martha Roby(R-AL)David "Phil" Roe(R-TN)Dana Rohrabacher(R-CA)Todd Rokita(R-IN)Francis Rooney(R-FL)Tom Rooney(R-FL)Jacky Rosen(D-NV)Peter Roskam(R-IL)Dennis Ross(R-FL)Keith Rothfus(R-PA)David Rouzer(R-NC)Lucille Roybal-Allard(D-CA)Ed Royce(R-CA)Dutch Ruppersberger(D-MD)Steven Russell(R-OK)Tim Ryan(D-OH)Linda Sanchez(D-CA)Stephen Joseph Scalise(R-LA)Jan Schakowsky(D-IL)Adam Schiff(D-CA)Brad Schneider(D-IL)Kurt Schrader(D-OR)David Schweikert(R-AZ)David Scott(D-GA)Pete Sessions(R-TX)Brad Sherman(D-CA)Kyrsten Sinema(D-AZ)Albio Sires(D-NJ)Jason Smith(R-MO)Chris Smith(R-NJ)Lamar Smith(R-TX)Darren Soto(D-FL)Elise Stefanik(R-NY)Steve Stivers(R-OH)Thomas R. Suozzi(D-NY)Eric Swalwell(D-CA)Mark Takano(D-CA)Claudia Tenney(R-NY)Glenn Thompson(R-PA)Dina Titus(D-NV)Norma Torres(D-CA)Fred Upton(R-MI)David Valadao(R-CA)Juan Vargas(D-CA)Marc Veasey(D-TX)Filemon Vela Jr.(D-TX)Ann Wagner(R-MO)Tim Walberg(R-MI)Greg Walden(R -OR)Mark Walker(R-NC)Jackie Walorski(R-IN)Mimi Walters(R-CA)Debbie Wasserman-Shultz(D-FL)Bonnie Watson Coleman(D-NJ)Randy K. Weber(R-TX)Bruce Westerman(R-AR)Roger Williams(R-TX)Frederica Wilson(D-FL)Joe Wilson(R-SC)Robert Wittman(R-VA)Steve Womack(R-AR)Kevin Yoder(R-KS)Ted Yoho(R-FL)David Young(R-IA)Don Young(R-AK)Lee Zeldin(R-NY)

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