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H.R. 1459: U.S.-Israel Cooperation Expansion Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 28, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1459

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Schneider) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To support security and law enforcement training and cooperation between the United States and Israel.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the U.S.-Israel Cooperation Expansion Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

On May 9, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted an amendment stating that it was the policy of the United States to support bilateral cooperation between United States and Israeli law enforcement personnel.

(2)

The United States has a long history of cooperation with Israel.

(3)

The sharing of distinct experiences can promote security against terrorism, peaceful resolutions to community disputes, and the protection of spaces for civil society.

(4)

Congress has supported bilateral cooperation with Israel to combat the threat of illicit cross-border tunneling and the associated trafficking in arms, persons, and militants and to combat threats from unmanned aerial systems.

(5)

The United States supports law enforcement training, cooperation, and education globally.

3.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

the United States supports the inclusion of Israel in the International Law Enforcement Academy in Europe; and

(2)

the Secretary of State should support projects in the Middle East through the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement program.

4.

Statement of policy

It is the policy of the United States to support bilateral training between United States and Israeli law enforcement personnel for the purpose of sharing of best practices relating to anti-terrorism, community policing, and managing mass casualties.