Wednesday, May 9, 2012

United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 passes

In a nearly unanimous bipartisan 411-2 vote, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 to reaffirm and strengthen our security ties with Israel.

The bill was formally sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), with 294 co-sponsors

Nine representatives voted “present” but not “yes” on the legislation, and two voted against: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), and U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich). Several did not vote.

Find out how your representative voted here.

Did your Representative vote NO?
Did your Representative vote PRESENT?
Did your Representative NOT VOTE ?

Right now- drop them a line, send them an email or give them a call. Tell them why Israel's security is important to you and why you are disappointed in their action.

Did your Representative vote yes? Contact them and thank them.

During debate, Rep. Cantor spoke about the importance of this legislation, declaring:

"This bill reaffirms Israel's right to defend itself against threats and puts Congress on the record about America's long-standing commitment to the US-Israel strategic relationship, a unique and special relationship founded on shared interests and shared democratic values...This bill recognizes the profound threats the U.S. and Israel face in the region and reiterates our commitment to standing side by side with Israel during this pivotal and dangerous period of transition and instability.”

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