This bill would expand U.S. capacity for maintaining Israel’s military advantage over its neighbors. Specifically, it would add considerations for ‘cyber and asymmetric threats’ as well as conventional weapons to calculations regarding Israel’s ‘qualitative military edge,’ a distinction that Congress has pledged to uphold. It would also increase congressional oversight, requiring the president to produce reports on Israel’s military (relative to its neighbors) every 2 years rather than every 4.
Though it was unofficially dropped in cmte., the text of this bill was added by amendment to the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (H.R. 938 of 3/4/13).
33 cosponsors (19R, 14D).
Last major action: 12/12/13 passed in House by a vote of 399–0, with 32 abstentions.