House Approves Crowley-Engel-Bera-Chabot-Holding-Schweikert-Nadler Amendment on U.S.-India-Israel National Security Cooperation
(Washington, D.C.) –Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the FY2016 Intelligence Authorization Act calling for expansion of U.S.-India-Israel national security cooperation. The amendment was offered by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus; Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Ami Bera (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans; Steve Chabot (R-OH), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; George Holding (R-NC), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans; David Schweikert (R-AZ); and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
The amendment requires a report from the Director of National Intelligence on the possibilities for growing national security cooperation between the U.S., India, and Israel.
“While the U.S. already has robust national security partnerships with both India and Israel, there are many areas where opportunities exist to develop and further grow these critical relationships,” said Crowley. “This amendment demonstrates the commitment of Congress to ensuring that our national security strategies include expanding our cooperation with India and Israel, two of our most important friends in their respective regions.”
“It’s vital that we promote cooperation among democratic governments, especially in parts of the world where democracy in in short supply. In this vein, Israel and India are natural partners of the United States. We already work closely with both of these countries. With Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit to Israel – a first for an Indian Prime Minister – we should seize on the opportunity to expand trilateral cooperation even further,” said Engel. “This measure would make sure our intelligence community is taking a hard look at areas of potential collaboration so that we can continue to build on this important partnership.”
“The U.S., along with two of our most important allies, India and Israel, have all faced the threat of international terrorism,” said Bera. “Each of these countries also has its own unique counter-terrorism expertise and it benefits us all to share information and ideas. With the current instability in the Middle East and parts of South Asia, we should work together to enhance our security cooperation to continue to combat the global threat of terrorism. This amendment expresses Congress’ dedication to making sure that happens.”
“Israel and India are critical allies in regions of the world that are extremely important to our national security,” said Chabot. “We have worked closely with both nations over the years; however, significant threats to our collective security remain and, in some aspects, are growing more serious. This bipartisan amendment encourages the expansion of cooperative national security efforts with Israel and India, which will not only bolster our respective relationships, but also enhance the safety and security of all three nations.”
“Our nation faces credible threats every day from both from inside and outside of our borders,” said Holding. “By strengthening our intelligence cooperation with two proven partners in Israel and India, we can expand on our current cooperation to address the emerging threats all of our nations collectively face.”
“The United States – Israel – India share many common interest and values, this amendment will ensure that we continue to build upon those shared values to support greater cooperation among our nations,” said Schweikert.
“India and Israel are two of our most important partners on national security,” said Nadler. “This is a partnership that must be supported through continued cooperation and collaboration, and I am pleased Congress has definitively shown its commitment to the U.S.-India-Israel relationship by supporting this bipartisan amendment.”