The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bill that would enhance America’s commitment to Israel’s military.
The bill was approved with by overwhelming numbers, and was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). Its aim is to increase presidential reports to Congress on how the executive branch is guaranteeing Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) from once every four years to once every two years. It would also add assistance to Israel’s cyberwarfare capabilities to the definition of QME.
The committee on Wednesday approved the bill by unanimous consent, and now it goes to the full House for consideration.
Collins noted the bipartisan support for the bill in a statement after the vote.
“This process was built on the strongest foundation: a real, bipartisan commitment to America’s vital relationship with Israel,” he said. “We worked together and found a way to make this relationship even stronger with the increasingly important principles of transparency and accountability.”
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), a Democratic sponsor of the bill, said the need for heightened focus on the US-Israel military relationship comes from the unrest in the Middle East.
“As Israel continues to face a broad spectrum of threats, from a nuclear Iran to a collapsing Syria, the United States must be steadfast in its efforts to ensure that Israel has the tools to maintain its qualitative military edge over those who seek to do it harm,” he said.