CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5877, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5877 was introduced on July 14, 2016, by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Committee on Homeland Security ordered the bill reported, by voice vote, as amended, on September 13, 2016.
H.R. 5877 amends the Homeland Security of 2002 and the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to allow the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Department of State, to enter into cooperative programs with Israel to enhance capabilities in cybersecurity.
Currently, the Department of Homeland Security operates a binational research and development program with Israel at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. H.R. 5877 expands this program to include cybersecurity technologies. Increased collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security would help new products through the “valley of death” between basic and early-phase applied research and successful commercialization, and will help both countries develop solutions to the unique security problem found in the cyber domain.
According to the bill’s sponsor, “Our recent discussions with Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed just how important it is that we unite forces to formulate ongoing, effective strategies to best address the rapidly evolving cyber threats faced by both of our nations. After all, cybersecurity is national security, and we must be doing everything we can to fortify ourselves from the very real dangers posed by malicious cyber actors.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 5877 would not significantly affect spending by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, implementing H.R. 5877 would not affect direct spending or revenues, and would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.