From: The Honorable Bradley Scott Schneider
Sent By:
jessica.schwartz@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Support FY 18 Funding for U.S.-Israel Tunnel Detection

Deadline: Wednesday, March 29th 

Current signers: Boyle, Coffman,
Deutch, EngelFrankel, Gaetz, Hastings,
Kihuen
, Lamborn, Carolyn Maloney, Rosen, RuizSchneider,
Swalwell, Tenney, Vargas, Weber

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in requesting the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense include $47.5 million in funding for joint U.S.-Israel efforts to improve subterranean tunnel detection in the Fiscal Year 2018 bill.

This program received $42.5 million in FY 17 and continued funding in FY 18 will help improve detection, mapping, and neutralization of the subterranean tunnel threat. This threat is not only a reality to Israel, but also for other allies around the globe
and even the United States.

Please join us in supporting $47.5 million in FY 18 for joint U.S.-Israel efforts to improve subterranean tunnel detection. The deadline to sign is Wednesday, March 29th. Please reach out to Jessica Schwartz (Jessica.Schwartz@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Brad Schneider if you have any questions or to sign on.

Sincerely,

Bradley S. Schneider                    Doug Lamborn

MEMBER OF CONGRESS         MEMBER OF CONGRESS

 

Lois Frankel                                  Randy Weber

MEMBER OF CONGRESS         MEMBER OF CONGRESS

 

March XX 2017

The Honorable Kay Granger                                   The Honorable Pete Visclosky

Chairwoman                                                            Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations                                 Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Defense                                      Subcommittee on Defense

H-405, The Capitol                                                  2328 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515                                         Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky:

We appreciate the Subcommittee’s leadership in ensuring $42.5 million for joint U.S.-Israel efforts designed to improve subterranean tunnel detection was allocated in the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill and respectfully request the subcommittee include
$47.5 million in its FY 2018 bill to continue this joint program.

The subterranean threat to the State of Israel, in particular the prevalence of tunnels along its southern border with Gaza, has been a concern for many years, but more recently has become a pressing operational requirement. The tunnels that have been discovered
along Israel’s border are sophisticated and have included electricity, ventilation, and in some cases, rail cars. These tunnels have been used to smuggle arms and contraband, as well as for deadly terrorist attacks and incursions into Israeli territory. In
2006 a tunnel was used by Hamas to kidnap Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, and in 2014 several tunnels provided Hamas a passageway to infiltrate Israel and launch attacks.

The subterranean tunnel threat is a stark reality not only for Israel, but also for other allies around the globe and even for the United States. There is a serious need for continued funding for efforts to improve tunnel detection and this joint U.S.-Israel
program has the potential to benefit all of our allies that face similar challenges.  We once again urge you to include $47.5 million in your FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill for joint U.S.-Israel efforts designed to improve subterranean tunnel detection
and appreciate your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,