House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Deutch Bills on Hezbollah, US-Israel MOU
(Washington) Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved two security-related bills introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, one which urges the European Union to fully designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization and the second which urges the prompt conclusion of negotiations of a renewed, robust, and long-term U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding to ensure Israel has the capacity to defend itself from all threats.
“We are facing a period of unprecedented terror threats, from Orlando and San Bernardino to Paris, Istanbul, and Tel Aviv” said Congressman Deutch. “Now more than ever, the United States needs partners around the world willing and capable of assisting in weakening and destroying terror networks and keeping Americans and our allies safe. I’m proud to have introduced these bills to strengthen our security cooperation with Israel and urge the European Union to tighten its sanctions on the entire Hezbollah terror organization.”
The Committee also approved a third bill introduced by Congressman Deutch honoring the life and accomplishments of Elie Wiesel and his immense contribution to our world.
"Elie Wiesel committed his entire life to ensuring that the memory of the victims of the Holocaust live on, both through education of the horrors of the Holocaust and through advocacy in preventing future atrocities," Congressman Deutch said. "This resolution reflects our appreciation and deep respect, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest and most courageous and influential humanitarians of our lifetime."
House Resolution 750 calls on the European Union (EU) to designate the entire Hezbollah organization – both its political and military wings – as a terrorist organization. Currently, the EU only lists Hezbollah’s military branch as a terrorist group, while the United States makes no distinctions in its designation of Hezbollah on the Foreign Terrorist Organization list. The resolution was co-introduced with Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Steve Israel (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Susan Davis (D-CA).
House Resolution 729, co-introduced with Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, calls on U.S. and Israeli negotiators to promptly reach a robust agreement on a renewed Memorandum of Understanding. This resolution was co-introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee.
House Resolution 810 was co-introduced with Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and 158 bipartisan Members of Congress. The resolution memorializes the life and work of the Elie Wiesel and reaffirms Congress' commitment to continuing his work of keeping the memory and lessons of the Holocaust alive and preventing similar atrocities from occurring in the future. As Elie Wiesel explained, "I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead, and anyone who does not remember betrays them again." This morning, we remembered his story, the story of the Holocaust, by honoring and remembering Elie Wiesel.