Sires Participates in Foreign Affairs Committee Markup on Bills to Support Israel and Counter Russian Propaganda
(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires participated in a House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of several bills relating to global development, international security assistance, countering foreign propaganda, and continued support to Israel.
One of the bills considered was H.R. 5141, the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018. This legislation would authorize U.S. security assistance to Israel as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding through fiscal year (FY) 2023. Additionally, this bill would further enhance U.S.-Israel cooperation by advancing greater bilateral coordination on issues such as cybersecurity and space exploration.
“Israel has been a great ally to the United States and assistance to Israel is a continued investment in stability abroad, as well as our national security here at home. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 5141, which will reaffirm our partnership with Israel and provide greater resources for Israel’s enhanced security,” stated Congressman Sires.
The Committee also considered H.R. 5681, the Global Engagement Center Authorities Act, which would enhance the mission of the Global Engagement Center (GEC) to counter terrorist and foreign state propaganda. Specifically, this bill would authorize the GEC to direct, lead, and coordinate federal efforts to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state disinformation efforts, such as the ones used by the Russians during the 2016 Presidential elections.
“I believe H.R. 5681 is a necessary step to address the disinformation campaign undertaken by Russia during the 2016 Presidential election season and future efforts. Disinformation attacks pose a unique threat because they can be harder to immediately identify, but potentially have lasting influence and consequences for our society. It is long past time for the Administration to work with the GEC to fulfill its mandate,” said Congressman Sires.
All the bills marked up today, including H.R. 5141 and H.R. 5681, have passed out of Committee and await further action on the House Floor.