The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs has passed a bill introduced by 9th District Congressman Doug Collins, which includes Stephens County, that is designed to protect Isreal’s military advantage over its Middle East neighbors.
House Resolution 1992, which is known as The Israel Qualitative Military Edge Enhancement Act, was introduced by Collins, who is the Vice Chair of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee.
Collins said that the legislation also increases accountability and transparency in government as it pertains to the relationship between Israel and the United States.
According to Collins, current law supports the American-Israeli relationship by requiring the President to submit a report on the status of weapons systems sold to countries in the Middle East every four years.
House Resolution 1992 would require a report every two years if it passed.
Additionally, the measure would broaden the definition of Qualitative Military Edge to take into account the impact of cyber warfare on Israeli defense.
House Resolution 1992 passed out of committee by voice vote and now awaits consideration by the whole U.S. House of Representatives.