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Letter

Brad Sherman

From the office of:

Brad Sherman

Sending Office: Honorable Brad Sherman
Sent By:
Michelle.Schein@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

SIGN ON: Bipartisan US-Israel Energy and Homeland Security Cooperation Programmatic Requests

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Dear Colleague,  

We are writing to urge you to join us in a letter requesting $8 million for joint U.S.-Israel cooperation programs administered by the U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. $6 million in funding will be utilized to
continue implementation of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and to develop the U.S.-Israel Energy Center (the “Center of Excellence”). $2 million in funding will be utilized to continue implementation of the U.S.-Israel BIRD Homeland Security program. 

The U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement was created by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) and is being implemented in accordance with a May 2008 agreement between Israel and the United States. This historic program and the
Center of Excellence have been authorized through 2024 by the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act (P.L. 113-296) which was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2014.

To date, the U.S. government has provided $33.7 million for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement, matched dollar-for-dollar by the Israeli government. The program has already leveraged over $45 million in private sector investment. This is a competitive
grant program for early-stage companies that connects the U.S. and Israeli private sectors. Grant recipients have pioneered innovative technologies in sectors such as renewable power, energy development, and water security – all key areas of interest for the
United States.
 
Funding for the Center of Excellence will continue an effort that Congress, the Department of Energy, and the Government of Israel have worked on and supported for the past three years. It will connect the most talented from the United States and Israel to
enable joint research and development in fields such as thermal power, clean energy, and desalination.

Additionally, funding the U.S.-Israel BIRD Homeland Security program will facilitate joint U.S.-Israeli research and development efforts in the fields of first responder and cybersecurity technologies- including methods to secure critical infrastructure
and public facilities. It is administered by the U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry
of Public Security (MOPS) to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The funding for this program is leveraged by Israeli funding for the program.

To sign on, please contact us at michelle.schein@mail.house.gov or by phone at 202-225-5911.  The deadline to sign on is March 13, 2020.  Submission instructions will be sent along with the final signed letter. 

Sincerely, 

Brad Sherman, Member of Congress
Eliot Engel, Member of Congress
Ted Deutch, Member of Congress
Bill Johnson, Member of Congress
Peter King, Member of Congress
Earl “Buddy” Carter, Member of Congress

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