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114th Congress    }                                  {   Rept. 114-827
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session       }                                  {          Part 1

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     UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ADVANCED RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 2016

                                _______
                                

 November 15, 2016.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

  Mr. McCaul, from the Committee on Homeland Security, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 5877]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Homeland Security, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 5877) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 
and the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 
to promote cooperative homeland security research and 
antiterrorism programs relating to cybersecurity, and for other 
purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     3
Hearings.........................................................     3
Committee Consideration..........................................     3
Committee Votes..................................................     4
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     4
New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures     4
Congressional Budget Office Estimate.............................     4
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............     5
Duplicative Federal Programs.....................................     5
Congressional Earmarks, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff 
  Benefits.......................................................     5
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................     5
Preemption Clarification.........................................     5
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................     5
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     6
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................     6
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     6
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     6
Committee Correspondence.........................................    10
    The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``United States-Israel Advanced Research 
Partnership Act of 2016''.

SEC. 2. COOPERATIVE HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH AND ANTITERRORISM 
                    PROGRAMS RELATING TO CYBERSECURITY.

  (a) Homeland Security Act of 2002.--Section 317 of the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 195c) is amended--
          (1) in subsection (e)--
                  (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``and'' after the 
                semicolon;
                  (B) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the 
                end and inserting a semicolon; and
                  (C) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following 
                new paragraphs:
          ``(3) for international cooperative activities identified in 
        the previous reporting period, a status update on the progress 
        of such activities, including whether goals were realized, 
        explaining any lessons learned, and evaluating overall success; 
        and
          ``(4) a discussion of obstacles encountered in the course of 
        forming, executing, or implementing agreements for 
        international cooperative activities, including administrative, 
        legal, or diplomatic challenges or resource constraints.'';
          (2) by redesignating subsections (g) and (h) as subsections 
        (h) and (i), respectively; and
          (3) by inserting after subsection (f) the following new 
        subsection:
  ``(g) Cybersecurity.--As part of the international cooperative 
activities authorized in this section, the Under Secretary, in 
coordination with the Department of State and appropriate Federal 
officials, may enter into cooperative research activities with Israel 
to strengthen preparedness against cyber threats and enhance 
capabilities in cybersecurity.''.
  (b) United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014.--
Subsection (c) of section 7 of the United States-Israel Strategic 
Partnership Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-296; 22 U.S.C. 8606) is 
amended--
          (1) in the heading, by striking ``Pilot'';
          (2) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking 
        ``pilot'';
          (3) in paragraph (2), by striking ``and'' at the end;
          (4) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
          (5) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
          ``(4) cybersecurity.''.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING.

  No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out 
this Act or the amendments made by this Act.

                          Purpose and Summary

    H.R. 5877, the United States-Israel Advanced Research 
Partnership Act of 2016 expands and builds on an existing joint 
research and development program between the U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate 
(S&T;), Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency 
(HSARPA) and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security to include 
cybersecurity research and development.
    Currently, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership 
Act of 2014 authorizes the Secretary of DHS, acting through the 
Director of HSARPA, to conduct Cooperative Research Pilot 
Programs with the State of Israel to enhance capabilities in 
border, maritime and aviation security, as well as explosives 
detection and emergency services. H.R. 5877 amends the United 
States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to remove the 
`pilot' designation and add cybersecurity as a fourth program 
area for cooperative research.
    Additionally, H.R. 5877 amends section 317 of the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296) (which requires the S&T; 
Directorate to carry out international cooperative activities 
related to homeland security) to authorize the Under Secretary 
of S&T;, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State and 
other appropriate Federal officials, to enter into cooperative 
research activities with the State of Israel to strengthen 
cybersecurity capabilities.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    The Department of Homeland Security S&T; has maintained a 
close working relationship with the State of Israel in the area 
of homeland security research and development. In May 2008, the 
United States and Israel signed an ``Agreement on Cooperation 
in Science and Technology for Homeland Security Matters,'' 
which covers mutual interest in research, development, testing 
and evaluation relating to homeland security.\1\
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    \1\Agreement between the Government of the United States of America 
and the Government of the State of Israel on Cooperation in Science and 
Technology for Homeland Security Matters. May 29, 2008. Accessed at: 
https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/
agreement_us_israel_sciencetech_cooperation_2008-05-29.pdf.
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    In June 2016, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security 
Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Israel and met with the Head of 
the National Cyber Bureau and signed a Letter of Intent to 
increase cybersecurity information sharing between the two 
countries. Israel has also stated its intent to be a part of 
the Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) program at DHS.\2\
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    \2\Department of Homeland Security, Readout of Deputy Secretary 
Mayorkas' Trip to Israel. June 22nd, 2016. Accessed at: https://
www.dhs.gov/news/2016/06/22/readout-deputy-secretary-mayorkas-trip-
israel.
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    Additionally, S&T; has partnered closely with the U.S. 
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) 
Foundation on the development of technology for first 
responders.

                                Hearings

    No hearings were held on H.R. 5877 in the 114th Congress.

                        Committee Consideration

    The Committee met on September 13, 2016, to consider H.R. 
5877, and ordered the measure to be reported to the House with 
a favorable recommendation, as amended, by voice vote. The 
Committee took the following actions:
    The following amendments were offered:
    An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute offered by Mr. 
Ratcliffe (#1); was AGREED TO, as amended, by voice vote.

 An Amendment by Mr. Richmond to the Amendment in the Nature of 
a Substitute (#1A); was AGREED TO by voice vote.

     Page 1, line 10, insert the following (and make necessary 
conforming changes):
     (1) in subsection (e)-
     (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``and'' after the semicolon; (B) 
in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; 
and''; and (C) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new 
paragraphs:
     ``(3) for international cooperative activities identified in the 
previous reporting period, a status update on the progress of such 
activities, including whether goals were realized, explaining any 
lessons learned, and evaluating overall success; and
     ``(4) a discussion of obstacles encountered in the course of 
forming, executing, or implementing agreements for international 
cooperative activities, including administrative, legal, or diplomatic 
challenges or resource constraints.''.

                            Committee Votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires the Committee to list the recorded 
votes on the motion to report legislation and amendments 
thereto.
    No recorded votes were requested during consideration of 
H.R. 5877.

                      Committee Oversight Findings

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee has held oversight 
hearings and made findings that are reflected in this report.

   New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee finds that H.R. 
5877, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership 
Act of 2016, would result in no new or increased budget 
authority, entitlement authority, or tax expenditures or 
revenues.

                  Congressional Budget Office Estimate

    The Committee adopts as its own the cost estimate prepared 
by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                Washington, DC, September 22, 2016.
Hon. Michael McCaul,
Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 5877, the United 
States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Mark 
Grabowicz.
            Sincerely,
                                                        Keith Hall.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 5877--United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 
        2016

    H.R. 5877 would authorize the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) to enter into cooperative research agreements 
with Israel to improve cybersecurity. DHS is currently carrying 
out activities similar to those required by the bill; thus, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5877 would not significantly 
affect spending by DHS. Because enacting the legislation would 
not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go 
procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5877 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
    H.R. 5877 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Mark Grabowicz. 
The estimate was approved by H. Samuel Papenfuss, Deputy 
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

         Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, H.R. 5877 contains the following 
general performance goals and objectives, including outcome 
related goals and objectives authorized.
    This legislation authorizes an expansion of the United 
States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 to 
include research and development on cybersecurity capabilities. 
Additionally, this legislation authorizes the Under Secretary 
of the Science and Technology Directorate, in coordination with 
the Department of State and other appropriate Federal 
officials, to enter into cooperative research activities with 
the State of Israel to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities.

                      Duplicative Federal Programs

    Pursuant to clause 3(c) of rule XIII, the Committee finds 
that H.R. 5877 does not contain any provision that establishes 
or reauthorizes a program known to be duplicative of another 
Federal program.

   Congressional Earmarks, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff 
                                Benefits

    In compliance with rule XXI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of the rule 
XXI.

                       Federal Mandates Statement

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act.

                        Preemption Clarification

    In compliance with section 423 of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, requiring the report of any Committee on a bill or 
joint resolution to include a statement on the extent to which 
the bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt State, 
local, or Tribal law, the Committee finds that H.R. 5877 does 
not preempt any State, local, or Tribal law.

                  Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings

    The Committee estimates that H.R. 5877 would require no 
directed rule makings.

                      Advisory Committee Statement

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                  Applicability to Legislative Branch

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act.

             Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation


Section 1. Short title

    This section provides that this bill may be cited as the 
``United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 
2016''.

Section 2. Cooperative homeland security research and antiterrorism 
        programs relating to cybersecurity

    This section amends section 317 of the Homeland Security 
Act of 2002 to authorize the Under Secretary of S&T;, in 
coordination with the U.S. Department of State and appropriate 
Federal officials, to enter into cooperative research 
activities with the State of Israel to strengthen preparedness 
against cyber threats and enhance cybersecurity capabilities. 
This section also adds to current reporting requirements on the 
international cooperative activities authorized in section 317 
to require reporting on the status and progress of cooperative 
activities and a discussion of obstacles encountered in 
forming, executing, and implementing agreements.
    Additionally, this section amends Section 7(c) of the 
United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to 
ensure continuation of the Cooperative Research Pilot Programs, 
by striking ``pilot'' and adding cybersecurity to the list of 
programs, which currently includes: border, maritime and 
aviation security; explosives detection; and emergency 
services.

Section 3. Prohibition on additional funding

    This section prohibits additional funds from being 
appropriated to carry out this Act or the amendments made by 
this Act.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, and existing law in which no 
change is proposed is shown in roman):

HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002

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TITLE III--SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SUPPORT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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SEC. 317. PROMOTING ANTITERRORISM THROUGH INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 
                    PROGRAM.

  (a) Definitions.--In this section:
          (1) Director.-- The term ``Director'' means the 
        Director selected under subsection (b)(2).
          (2) International cooperative activity.-- The term 
        ``international cooperative activity'' includes--
                  (A) coordinated research projects, joint 
                research projects, or joint ventures;
                  (B) joint studies or technical 
                demonstrations;
                  (C) coordinated field exercises, scientific 
                seminars, conferences, symposia, and workshops;
                  (D) training of scientists and engineers;
                  (E) visits and exchanges of scientists, 
                engineers, or other appropriate personnel;
                  (F) exchanges or sharing of scientific and 
                technological information; and
                  (G) joint use of laboratory facilities and 
                equipment.
  (b) Science and Technology Homeland Security International 
Cooperative Programs Office.--
          (1) Establishment.-- The Under Secretary shall 
        establish the Science and Technology Homeland Security 
        International Cooperative Programs Office.
          (2) Director.-- The Office shall be headed by a 
        Director, who--
                  (A) shall be selected, in consultation with 
                the Assistant Secretary for International 
                Affairs, by and shall report to the Under 
                Secretary; and
                  (B) may be an officer of the Department 
                serving in another position.
          (3) Responsibilities.--
                  (A) Development of mechanisms.-- The Director 
                shall be responsible for developing, in 
                coordination with the Department of State and, 
                as appropriate, the Department of Defense, the 
                Department of Energy, and other Federal 
                agencies, understandings and agreements to 
                allow and to support international cooperative 
                activity in support of homeland security.
                  (B) Priorities.-- The Director shall be 
                responsible for developing, in coordination 
                with the Office of International Affairs and 
                other Federal agencies, strategic priorities 
                for international cooperative activity for the 
                Department in support of homeland security.
                  (C) Activities.-- The Director shall 
                facilitate the planning, development, and 
                implementation of international cooperative 
                activity to address the strategic priorities 
                developed under subparagraph (B) through 
                mechanisms the Under Secretary considers 
                appropriate, including grants, cooperative 
                agreements, or contracts to or with foreign 
                public or private entities, governmental 
                organizations, businesses (including small 
                businesses and socially and economically 
                disadvantaged small businesses (as those terms 
                are defined in sections 3 and 8 of the Small 
                Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632 and 637), 
                respectively)), federally funded research and 
                development centers, and universities.
                  (D) Identification of partners.-- The 
                Director shall facilitate the matching of 
                United States entities engaged in homeland 
                security research with non-United States 
                entities engaged in homeland security research 
                so that they may partner in homeland security 
                research activities.
          (4) Coordination.-- The Director shall ensure that 
        the activities under this subsection are coordinated 
        with the Office of International Affairs and the 
        Department of State and, as appropriate, the Department 
        of Defense, the Department of Energy, and other 
        relevant Federal agencies or interagency bodies. The 
        Director may enter into joint activities with other 
        Federal agencies.
  (c) Matching Funding.--
          (1) In general.--
                  (A) Equitability.-- The Director shall ensure 
                that funding and resources expended in 
                international cooperative activity will be 
                equitably matched by the foreign partner 
                government or other entity through direct 
                funding, funding of complementary activities, 
                or the provision of staff, facilities, 
                material, or equipment.
                  (B) Grant matching and repayment.--
                          (i) In general.-- The Secretary may 
                        require a recipient of a grant under 
                        this section--
                                  (I) to make a matching 
                                contribution of not more than 
                                50 percent of the total cost of 
                                the proposed project for which 
                                the grant is awarded; and
                                  (II) to repay to the 
                                Secretary the amount of the 
                                grant (or a portion thereof), 
                                interest on such amount at an 
                                appropriate rate, and such 
                                charges for administration of 
                                the grant as the Secretary 
                                determines appropriate.
                          (ii) Maximum amount.-- The Secretary 
                        may not require that repayment under 
                        clause (i)(II) be more than 150 percent 
                        of the amount of the grant, adjusted 
                        for inflation on the basis of the 
                        Consumer Price Index.
          (2) Foreign partners.-- Partners may include Israel, 
        the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and 
        other allies in the global war on terrorism as 
        determined to be appropriate by the Secretary of 
        Homeland Security and the Secretary of State.
          (3) Loans of equipment.-- The Director may make or 
        accept loans of equipment for research and development 
        and comparative testing purposes.
  (d) Foreign Reimbursements.--If the Science and Technology 
Homeland Security International Cooperative Programs Office 
participates in an international cooperative activity with a 
foreign partner on a cost-sharing basis, any reimbursements or 
contributions received from that foreign partner to meet its 
share of the project may be credited to appropriate current 
appropriations accounts of the Directorate of Science and 
Technology.
  (e) Report to Congress on International Cooperative 
Activities.--Not later than one year after the date of 
enactment of this section, and every 5 years thereafter, the 
Under Secretary, acting through the Director, shall submit to 
Congress a report containing--
          (1) a brief description of each grant, cooperative 
        agreement, or contract made or entered into under 
        subsection (b)(3)(C), including the participants, 
        goals, and amount and sources of funding; [and]
          (2) a list of international cooperative activities 
        underway, including the participants, goals, expected 
        duration, and amount and sources of funding, including 
        resources provided to support the activities in lieu of 
        direct funding[.];
          (3) for international cooperative activities 
        identified in the previous reporting period, a status 
        update on the progress of such activities, including 
        whether goals were realized, explaining any lessons 
        learned, and evaluating overall success; and
          (4) a discussion of obstacles encountered in the 
        course of forming, executing, or implementing 
        agreements for international cooperative activities, 
        including administrative, legal, or diplomatic 
        challenges or resource constraints.
  (f) Animal and Zoonotic Diseases.--As part of the 
international cooperative activities authorized in this 
section, the Under Secretary, in coordination with the Chief 
Medical Officer, the Department of State, and appropriate 
officials of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of 
Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services, may 
enter into cooperative activities with foreign countries, 
including African nations, to strengthen American preparedness 
against foreign animal and zoonotic diseases overseas that 
could harm the Nation's agricultural and public health sectors 
if they were to reach the United States.
  (g) Cybersecurity.--As part of the international cooperative 
activities authorized in this section, the Under Secretary, in 
coordination with the Department of State and appropriate 
Federal officials, may enter into cooperative research 
activities with Israel to strengthen preparedness against cyber 
threats and enhance capabilities in cybersecurity.
  [(g)] (h) Construction; Authorities of the Secretary of 
State.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter or 
affect the following provisions of law:
          (1) Title V of the Foreign Relations Authorization 
        Act, Fiscal Year 1979 (22 U.S.C. 2656a et seq.).
          (2) Section 112b(c) of title 1, United States Code.
          (3) Section 1(e)(2) of the State Department Basic 
        Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2651a(e)(2)).
          (4) Sections 2 and 27 of the Arms Export Control Act 
        (22 U.S.C. 2752 and 22 U.S.C. 2767).
          (5) Section 622(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 
        1961 (22 U.S.C. 2382(c)).
  [(h)] (i) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are 
authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such 
sums as are necessary.

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UNITED STATES-ISRAEL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 2014

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SEC. 7. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL COOPERATION ON ENERGY, WATER, HOMELAND 
                    SECURITY, AGRICULTURE, AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL 
                    TECHNOLOGIES.

  (a) In general.--The President is authorized, subject to 
existing law--
          (1) to undertake activities in cooperation with 
        Israel; and
          (2) to provide assistance promoting cooperation in 
        the fields of energy, water, agriculture, and 
        alternative fuel technologies.
  (b) Requirements.--In carrying out subsection (a), the 
President is authorized, subject to existing requirements of 
law and any applicable agreements or understandings between the 
United States and Israel--
          (1) to share and exchange with Israel research, 
        technology, intelligence, information, equipment, and 
        personnel, including through sales, leases, or 
        exchanges in kind, that the President determines will 
        advance the national security interests of the United 
        States and are consistent with the Strategic Dialogue 
        and pertinent provisions of law; and
          (2) to enhance scientific cooperation between Israel 
        and the United States.
  (c) Cooperative Research [Pilot] Programs.--The Secretary of 
Homeland Security, acting through the Director of the Homeland 
Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and with the 
concurrence of the Secretary of State, is authorized, subject 
to existing law, to enter into cooperative research [pilot] 
programs with Israel to enhance Israel's capabilities in--
          (1) border, maritime, and aviation security;
          (2) explosives detection; [and]
          (3) emergency services[.]; and
          (4) cybersecurity.

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                        Committee Correspondence

                          House of Representatives,
                              Committee on Foreign Affairs,
                                 Washington, DC, November 14, 2016.
Hon. Michael McCaul,
Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Washington, DC.
    Dear Chairman McCaul: Thank you for consulting with the 
Foreign Affairs Committee regarding H.R. 5877, the United 
States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016. I 
agree that the Foreign Affairs Committee may be discharged from 
further consideration of that measure, so that it may proceed 
expeditiously to the House floor.
    I am writing to confirm our mutual understanding that 
foregoing further action on this measure does not in any way 
diminish or alter the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs, or prejudice its jurisdictional prerogatives on this 
bill or similar legislation in the future. I also request your 
support for the appointment of Foreign Affairs conferees to any 
House-Senate conference on this legislation.
    I ask that a copy of our exchange of letters on this matter 
be included in your committee report, and also in the 
Congressional Record during floor consideration of the bill.
            Sincerely,
                                           Edward R. Royce,
                                                          Chairman.
                                ------                                

                          House of Representatives,
                            Committee on Homeland Security,
                                 Washington, DC, November 15, 2016.
Hon. Ed Royce,
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Washington, DC.
    Dear Chairman Royce: Thank you for your letter regarding 
H.R. 5877, the ``United States-Israel Advanced Research 
Partnership Act of 2016.'' I appreciate your support in 
bringing this legislation before the House of Representatives, 
and accordingly, understand that the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs will forego further action on the bill.
    The Committee on Homeland Security concurs with the mutual 
understanding that by foregoing further action on this bill at 
this time, the Committee on Foreign Affairs does not waive any 
jurisdiction over the subject matter contained in this bill or 
similar legislation in the future. In addition, should a 
conference on this bill be necessary, I would support your 
request to have the Committee on Foreign Affairs represented on 
the conference committee.
    I will insert copies of this exchange in the report on the 
bill and in the Congressional Record during consideration of 
this bill on the House floor. I thank you for your cooperation 
in this matter.
            Sincerely,
                                         Michael T. McCaul,
                          Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security.

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