The CUFI Action Fund is currently supporting the following pieces of legislation:
Presently our legislative agenda is focused on the following issues:
- United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act S. 3176
- Authorizes $3.3 billion in security aid to Israel to ensure that it maintains its qualitative military edge (QME) and extends both war reserve stockpile authority and loan guarantees to Israel.
- Codifies the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The ten-year military assistance agreement between the two nations is aimed at securing Israel against regional enemies and maintains Israel as a cornerstone of U.S. national security in the Middle East.
- ncludes $12 million appropriation that will “to enhance partnerships between companies in the United States and Israel to develop innovative medical projects aimed at detecting, treating, and curing COVID-19.”
- Enhances U.S.- Israel cooperation in areas of high-tech innovation and directed energy capabilities.
- Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act S. 1886 / H.R. 3331
- Withholds 20% of U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces unless the President can certify that the Lebanese military is taking the necessary steps to end Hezbollah and Iran’s influence over the Lebanese Armed Forces.
- Ensures that the Lebanese government understands that they must roll back Iran’s influence over their country – particularly as it relates to the armed forces’ relationship with Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy force in Lebanon.
- By passing this legislation, Congress will take a necessary step forward in asserting its oversight role over the military assistance the U.S. provides to the Lebanese Armed Forces. Such oversight is important as potential changes in Lebanese leadership take place in the future.
- US-Israel Military Capability Act S. 3775
- “Require[s] the Department of Defense to establish a working group with their counterparts in the Israeli government to collaborate on the research and development of technology used for national defense.”
- FY 2021 House and Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
- Annual legislation which appropriates $3.3 billion in military aid to Israel.
- More than 75% of the aid must be spent in the United States.
- Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act S. 2641
- Sanctions against senior Turkish officials and restrictions on arm sales aimed at countering Turkey’s belligerent actions in Syria.
- Under the leadership of radical Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has increasingly turned away from the West, while supporting terrorist organizations and making significant arms purchases from Moscow.
- Turkey has slaughtered innocent Kurds and sought to spread its destabilizing influence across the Middle East and North Africa. Such action necessitates a strong diplomatic response.