WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced by Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) passed the U.S. House this past Tuesday to strengthen collaborative cybersecurity research and development efforts between the United States and Israel.
The two bills were introduced in July, after the lawmakers returned from a congressional delegation trip to Israel that focused on key cybersecurity issues facing both countries.
The United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 (H.R. 5877) and the United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5843) both passed unanimously out of the House and now await action in the Senate.
“Israel is a vital strategic partner, and I’m pleased to be working closely with Rep. Langevin to preserve and strengthen this important bond through joint cybersecurity efforts,” Ratcliffe said in a press release.
Ratcliffe told Gray DC Bureau Reporter Peter Zampa, “Increasingly cybersecurity is national security. This is just one measure that will help improve our cyber defense.”
The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act will create a cybersecurity grant program for joint research and development ventures between Israeli and American entities.
Ratcliffe chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.