Current Legislation

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Each of us makes a difference. We must stand strong together and work for peace. Read about current legislation in the U.S. Congress. We urge you to speak out. Contact (call, write, e-mail, visit) Members of Congress about legislation that fights terrorism, arms proliferation, and promotes peace.

The following information provided by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (www.aipac.org) offers a guide to current legislation before the Congress.

     
   
You can affect Israel's future and promote America's interests in the Middle East by urging your Members of Congress to support these important initiatives.

Back Tougher Iran Sanctions

Both the House and Senate are taking action to respond to the threat of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. In December 2011, the House passed the Iran Threat Reduction Act (H.R. 1905) by a vote of 410-11. The Senate is currently considering the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act (S. 2101), which passed the Senate Banking Committee by voice vote on Feb. 2. The Senate measure was introduced by Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL). The legislation incorporates key components of S. 1048, the Iran, North Korea and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011, which was introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by 78 senators.

The bills would enshrine in law that it is U.S. policy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, escalate the level of sanctions against the regime’s human rights violators, and sharply tighten the enforcement of existing sanctions law.

KEY POINTS

1. Growing Threat

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) unprecedented and detailed report released in November 2011 provides the agency’s first public confirmation that Iran is closing in on the capability to produce nuclear weapons – a stark wake-up call that time to prevent Iran’s nuclear breakout is fast running out.

2. Sanctions Are Having an Impact

Sanctions on Iran’s ports and airline are putting extreme pressure on the regime and leading to economic disruption. The Iranian energy sector is also suffering as international energy firms and financial institutions refuse to work with Iran.

3. More Sanctions Are Needed

While sanctions are having an unprecedented impact on Iran, they have not yet reached the level sufficient to end the regime’s nuclear weapons pursuit. The United States should impose crippling sanctions on Iran, including Iran’s Central Bank.

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Related Materials:

  • Issue Memo: Iran Nuclear Weapons (PDF)
  • IEAE Report on Iran Nuclear Weapons Program (PDF)

 

Oppose Palestinian Statehood Bid at UN

The Palestinian effort to secure recognition of statehood at the United Nations is a direct challenge to U.S. interests and could have severe implications for the peace process. Palestinian Authority leaders have indicated their intention to exploit recognition of Palestinian statehood to isolate Israel and attack her in international fora. The United States must continue to strongly oppose harmful Palestinian efforts at the United Nations—including through the use of its Security Council veto—and warn the Palestinians that their actions can damage U.S.-Palestinian relations and near-term prospects for peace.


Support Security Assistance for Israel

Congress has approved $3.075 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of a larger spending package for fiscal year 2012. The aid represents the fourth year of a 10-year agreement to provide the Jewish state with the resources to defend itself amid rising threats in the region.

 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE ANDREW SHAPIRO DISCUSSES ISRAEL'S QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE

 

KEY POINTS

1. Fulfilling a 10-Year Agreement

In 2007, the United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel that pledged $30 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period. President Obama’s request of $3.075 billion for Israel in fiscal year 2012 fulfills the fourth year of that pledge.

2. Ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge

The 10-year agreement embodies America’s commitment to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge over its adversaries on the battlefield.

3. Confronting Growing Threats

Though America clearly faces a tough budgetary environment, American security assistance is vital in helping Israel meet the growing challenges of a region in turmoil, a potential nuclear Iran, Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, and a resurgent Hizballah in Lebanon armed with more than 55,000 rockets and missiles.