WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) renewed his call for stronger efforts to support Israel in a meeting with American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) national leaders this week. Brown is 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.
“Israel – one of our closest allies – must have the resources needed to defend its interests and protect its citizens,” Brown said. “Among our many shared priorities, we must work together to ensure that Israel can defend itself against growing threats to its security. There should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to our common defense. That’s why the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 is so important.”
The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 would also allocate additional defense resources for the U.S. stockpile in Israel and provide Israel with additional surplus materials from the withdrawal of the U.S. forces in Iraq. It would also expand Israel’s authority to purchase materials under the Foreign Military Financing program among other defense resources.
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.