WASHINGTON, DC- Yesterday, nearly all House Republicans voted against a measure that would have increased funding for joint U.S.-Israeli energy cooperation. National Jewish Democratic Council President and CEO David A. Harris said:
“Yesterday’s vote by House Republicans against an initiative to increase funding for joint U.S.-Israel energy cooperation is just the latest instance in which Republicans have let partisan politics stand in the way of advancing the U.S.-Israel relationship. Israel is a shining example of a country seeking energy independence through research in clean technologies and the United States has everything to gain by forging a deeper partnership in this area with our strongest ally in the Middle East. It is very disheartening that so many pro-Israel Republicans who believe in American energy independence voted the way they did yesterday.”
The Motion to Recommit with Instructions that Republicans voted down yesterday [HR 5325 Roll Call #341] contained a specific proposal to allocate an additional $1,000,000 for joint U.S.-Israeli energy cooperation [House Clerk, June 6, 2012]. That funding would have been a significant investment in researching cleaner technologies and the use of renewable energy sources [HR 5325, Rept. No. 112-462, 112th Congress].