Amata-Cosponsored US-Israel Foreign Policy Legislation Passes House

July 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes House passage of two legislative actions she cosponsored to strengthen the key diplomatic, economic and security relationship between the United States and Israel.

The House passed the bipartisan United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act, H.R. 1837, which she cosponsored. This bill was introduced by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who also serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics, and led a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Israel and the region in early July.

Amata with bipartisan Members of Congress on visit to troops, Israel and Qatar
(From left) Rep. Scott Peters, D-CA; Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL; Rep. Amata, R-AS; Rep Ted Deutch, D-FL; Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-PR; Rep. Randy Weber, R-TX; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-TX, on foreign policy visit to Middle East.

 

Congresswoman Amata was part of this bipartisan visit that included spending time with U.S. troops on the 4th of July, and a detailed foreign policy fact-finding, educational visit to Israel, Jordan and Qatar. This visit included meeting government officials in Qatar and Israel, touring important sites, discussion of U.S.-Israel relations, and insight into the security and economic status of the region to inform and add perspective to future congressional policy considerations.

 

Amata and Members of Congress in Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu
(From left) Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Chairman Deutch, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rep. Bilirakis, Rep. Weber, Rep. Amata, and Rep. Darren Soto, D-FL in Israel.

 

The House also overwhelmingly passed H. Res. 246, which Amata cosponsored as well. This Resolution specifically expresses the sense of the House opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, and opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.

“I’m pleased to cosponsor these sensible, bipartisan efforts to strengthen relations with the State of Israel, which has been a reliable ally of the United States,” said Aumua Amata. “Israel is important to the region’s stability, prosperity and the cause of freedom.”

 

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