Washington, D.C. – Following the administration’s announcement of a new 10-year military assistance package to Israel, the House of Representatives today passed a measure offered by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) supporting U.S. efforts to ensure Israel maintains its qualitative military edge and ability to defend itself from all threats.

On the passage of H. Res. 729, Chairman Royce said:  Today Iran’s leading terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, has thousands of missiles, rockets and mortars aimed at Israel.  And the threat from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is even worse.  The United States must stand with Israel to help promote security and stability in the volatile Middle East.  I am encouraged by reports of a new 10-year agreement, and look forward to reviewing the details.”

Yesterday, the full House also passed resolutions urging Germany to reaffirm its financial commitment to address the health and welfare needs of Holocaust survivors, as well as a resolution honoring the life and work of Elie Wiesel in promoting human rights, peace and Holocaust remembrance:

  • H. Res. 810, introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), expresses the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the life and work of Elie Wiesel in promoting human rights, peace, and Holocaust remembrance; and
  • H. Con. Res. 46, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), expresses support for the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust victims live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years, and urges the Federal Republic of Germany to continue to reaffirm its commitment to comprehensively address the unique health and welfare needs of vulnerable Holocaust victims, including home care and other medically prescribed needs.