DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Ted Lieu
Sent By: corey.jacobson@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.Res. 551
Date: 12/22/2015

Cosponsors: Royce, Engel, Deutch, Wagner, Wasserman Schultz, Roskam, Nadler, Jenkins, Sires

Supported by: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), J Street, Israel Allies Foundation (IAF)

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring H. Res. 551, a bipartisan resolution which recognizes the importance of the robust United States-Israel economic relationship and encourages new areas of cooperation in science and technology.

Since the signing of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement 30 years ago—the first FTA concluded by the U.S.—Israel has become one of our most dynamic economic collaborators in the Middle East and North Africa. Despite representing a mere two percent of the region’s population, the Startup Nation has become a major U.S. trading and investment partner. What makes the relationship truly unique, however, is the focus in both nations on cutting-edge innovation. From Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi, our technology sectors are driving innovation across industries. Our joint science and technology research institutions are collaborating on life-changing medical breakthroughs and clean energy technology. Individual states within the US. are even entering into agreements with Israel to deepen cooperation in specific areas of mutual interest, as California did most recently on water conservation and cybersecurity last year.

We invite you to join us in recognizing the accomplishments of the U.S.-Israel economic relationship and the promise of deeper cooperation. H. Res. 551 seeks to: (1) affirm the robustness of the economic relationship; (2) recognize that science and technology innovation present new frontiers for economic cooperation; (3) encourage the Administration to expand and regularize existing forums of economic dialogue with Israel; and (4) support the exploration of new agreements, including in the fields of energy, water, agriculture, medicine, neurotechnology and cybersecurity.

For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Corey Jacobson with Congressman Lieu at corey.jacobson@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

TED W. LIEU                                            TED POE
Member of Congress                                  Member of Congress