WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Israeli Independence Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) renewed his call for stronger efforts to support Israel. Later today, Brown will meet with 26 Ohioans during the Jewish Federation’s “Mission to Washington, DC: A Day to Focus on Israel Issues” trip to discuss new legislation to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Brown is a cosponsor of the Iron Dome Support Act (S.2325), which would authorize the President to provide assistance for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Brown is also a cosponsor of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (S.2165), legislation that would provide additional surplus U.S. defense resources to Israel.
“Working alongside the Cleveland Jewish federation to promote Israel’s security is vital to protecting democracy – both in the U.S. and abroad,” Brown said. “Among our many shared priorities, we must work together to ensure that Israel can defend itself against growing threats to its security. On Israeli Independence Day and every day, we must continue to remember that there should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to our common defense. That’s why I’m sponsoring the Iron Dome Support Act.”
The Ohio Jewish Federation represents and advocates for the social welfare, social services, and educational needs of Jewish communities throughout Ohio.
Brown is a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 380, which urges increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and affirms U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The full text of the Senate Resolution 380 can be read here.
Brown also cosponsored the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act, which authorizes new tools for the President to employ in an effort to pressure Iran into complying with international obligations. The legislation, which recently passed through the Senate Banking Committee, would:
- Broaden the list of available sanctions;
- Require intensified targeting of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps;
- Require firms traded on US stock exchanges to disclose Iran-related activity to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
- Sanction energy and uranium mining joint ventures with Iran’s government outside of Iran;
- Penalize US parent firms for certain Iran-related activities of their foreign subsidiaries;
- Mandate sanctions for those who supply Iran with weapons and other technologies used to commit human rights abuses; and
- Provide other similar measures designed to increase pressure on Iran’s government.