Text: H.R.6998 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/28/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6998


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


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2018

Mr. Meadows (for himself, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Donovan, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Mooney of West Virginia, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Gaetz, and Mr. Zeldin) 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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

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

SEC. 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.

SEC. 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.

SEC. 4. Statement of policy.

It is the policy of the United States—

(1) 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; and

(2) to continue to counter threats to United States and Israeli security and embassy protection posed by illicit cross-border tunneling and unmanned aerial systems.