Latest News

ICYMI: Rubio Joins Special Report

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the impending government shutdown, the possibility of a Saudi-Israeli normalization deal, and the indictment of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). See below for highlights and watch the full...

read more

ICYMI: Rubio Joins The Aaron Renn Show

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Aaron Renn Show to discuss Rubio’s Labor Day report on working (and non-working) men. See below for highlights and listen to the full interview here. On protecting American jobs and interests: “We made a series of economic...

read more

ICYMI: Rubio Debates Coons on China, Environment

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) debated Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) on China, global leadership, and environmental policy at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Senate Project at George Washington University. “We have to shape a future that recognizes...

read more

Rubio, Coons Introduce Bill Authorizing Enhanced Security Assistance to Israel, Strengthening Strategic Partnership

Mar 6, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (S.2497), which would reaffirm bipartisan support for the unshakeable U.S.-Israel relationship by authorizing foreign military financing for Israel over 10 years pursuant to the new Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in September 2016. The bill also supports Israel’s ability to meet and address both conventional and emerging threats.
“With Israel facing evolving threats from Iran, Syria’s Assad regime, Hizballah, Hamas and other malign actors, this bipartisan legislation will enable the United States to further strengthen our critical strategic alliance with Israel,” said Senator Rubio.  “It is consistent with America’s national security interests and moral values to ensure that Israel, a fellow democracy and our most important ally in the Middle East, remains safe and secure amid the region’s growing dangers.”
“On my recent bipartisan CODEL to the Middle East, I saw the real security challenges facing Israel. Congress must remain clear-eyed about both current and emerging regional threats as we strengthen our strategic partnership with Israel,” said Senator Coons. “I’m proud to introduce this bill with Senator Rubio, which represents the continuation of America’s decades-long unshakable, bipartisan commitment to Israel’s security. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues and Israel to ensure regional stability and meet shared threats to our security in the next decade and beyond.”
·        In addition to authorizing security assistance for Israel over a 10-year period, the Rubio-Coons legislation extends both the Loan Guarantee authority for Israel and the War Reserves Stockpile Authority for Israel for a 5-year period (FY2019-23).
·         The bill also reiterates that it is U.S. policy to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME); authorizes the transfer of precision guided munitions (PGMs) and related defense articles and services to the reserve stocks in Israel for self-defense purposes; and seeks to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two countries in a variety of sectors, including through the use of memoranda of understanding between USAID and the Government of Israel.
·         This bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).