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Meng and Others Introduce Resolution Honoring Israel's Independence

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In honor of Israel's independence, U.S. Reps Trey Radel (R-FL), Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Brad Schneider (D-IL) and over 100 other bipartisan House members introduced a resolution Recognizing the 65th Anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel. This resolution recognizing Israel's independence has been a truly bipartisan effort.

"I am honored to celebrate Israel on the 65th anniversary of their independence, as the strongest defender of democracy in a region fraught with hostility," said Radel. "I am a firm believer that a safe and secure Israel is a safe and secure America."

"This resolution reaffirms the unbreakable bond the United States shares with our dear friend and ally Israel, and it reasserts bipartisan U.S. support for Israel," said Meng. "Having this issue thrown around as a political football, as it appears to have been in the recent past, is bad for both the U.S. and Israel. The sponsors of this resolution have worked to buck that troubling trend and restore the bipartisan unity that has been the mainstay of the relationship for 65 years."

"It is a privilege to join my colleagues in extending our best wishes and congratulations to the State of Israel on its 65th anniversary of independence," said King. This important milestone is an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations and the United States' commitment to Israel's security. Mazal Tov to our friends in the Jewish State!"

"Since its birth 65 years ago, Israel has served as a beacon of hope for Jewish people around the globe. And since that day in May 1948, the United States has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people, in mutual respect, cooperation and friendship," said Schneider. As we mark Israel independence, I can honestly say that the bond between our two countries has never been stronger and continues to grow each day. While Israel has fought through adversity for the last 65 years, she still faces the threats of a nuclear Iran, Hezbollah aggression and the broad regional implications of the Syrian crisis, and we must be forever steadfast in our defense of her land and friendship with her people."

Co-sponsors of H. Con. Res 30: Radel*, Meng*, Peter King*, Schneider*, Amodei, Bachus, Barber, Barton, Timothy Bishop, Blackburn, Corrine Brown, Buchanan, Burgess, Calvert, Chabot, Chaffetz, Cicilline, Coble, Coffman, Chris Collins, Doug Collins, Conaway, Connolly, Cook, Costa, Crawford, Crowley, Culberson, Susan Davis, Dent, DeSantis, DesJarlais, Deutch, Diaz-Balart, Ellmers, Engel, Enyart, Foxx, Frankel, Franks, Fudge, Garcia, Garrett, Gibson, Granger, Grimm, Hahn, Hall, Hanna, Harris, Hartzler, Hastings, Higgins, Holding, Holt, Horsford, Hultgren, Israel, Jeffries, Bill Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Kilmer, Kinzinger, Kline, Lamborn, Lance, Lankford, Lowenthal, Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Markey, Carolyn McCarthy, McCaul, McGovern, McMorris Rodgers, Meadows, Meeks, Messer, Mica, Michaud, Jeff Miller, Mullin, Patrick Murphy, Nugent, Nunnelee, Owens, Payne, Pearce, Gary Peters, Pingree, Poe, Polis, Posey, Tom Price, Quigley, Rangel, Rigell, Roe, Hal Rogers, Rokita, Roskam, Ros-Lehtinen, Runyan, Salmon, Scalise, Schakowsky, Schock, Schwartz, Schweikert, Austin Scott, Schock, Sessions, Sewell, Sherman, Shimkus, Sires, Christopher Smith, Southerland, Speier, Stivers, Stockman, Stutzman, Takano, Terry, Tiberi, Tipton, Titus, Van Hollen, Vargas, Walberg, Wasserman Schultz, Waxman, Weber, Westmoreland, Frederica Wilson, Joe Wilson, Yoder, Yoho.


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