U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding H.R. 938 - The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 that was introduced by her last year, which will be debated on the Floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 4). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The democratic, Jewish State of Israel faces more existential threats than ever before. This important and timely bipartisan bill, which has the overwhelming support of over 350 co-sponsors, designates Israel as a major strategic partner of the United States and expands U.S.-Israel cooperation in a variety of areas, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, energy, science and trade.
"As the Iranian regime continues to advance its nuclear ambitions under this bad deal, it's important for Congress to pass this legislation to reaffirm our support and commitment to our close friend and ally. This bill will send an unequivocal message to the world that we stand with Israel, and it will further strengthen our unshakable bond and friendship."