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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe Speaks at AIPAC’s Annual Policy Conference

March 27, 2017
Press Release
Discusses his legislation to boost U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ratcliffe (R-Texas) highlighted his ongoing legislative efforts to bolster U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation today at AIPAC’s Annual Policy Conference. He was joined by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) on a panel moderated by AIPAC’s Assistant Director of Policy & Government Affairs, Taylor Parker.

Specifically, Ratcliffe and Langevin discussed:

-Their congressional delegation trip to Israel to discuss cybersecurity issues with top officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon.

- Their bill, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 (H.R. 5877), which was signed into law in December to strengthen collaborative cybersecurity research and development efforts between the United States and Israel. 

-Their bill, the United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act (H.R. 612), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in January to create a cybersecurity grant program for joint research and development ventures between Israeli and American entities. 

“Our congressional delegation trip last year provided a clear vision of ways to enhance our country’s cybersecurity collaboration with Israel. Each step along the way – from our initial discussions, until signature into law – we were humbled to have the strong support of our friends at AIPAC,” Ratcliffe said.

“Cybersecurity has quickly risen as a top mutual priority for both of our countries, and I’m looking forward to how we’ll continue expanding this longstanding partnership in the years to come.”