US House passes bill to raise security commitment to Israel

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances US policy commitments to Israel’s security.
The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), passed by a vote of 411-2.  The legislation garnered bipartisan support from 294 co-sponsors prior to passage.
The two members that voted against the legislation were Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and John Dingell (D-Mich.).  Also, nine members of the House voted “present” on the legislation.  
In addition to expanding military cooperation between the two countries, the legislation states that it will be US policy to provide Israel with essential military capabilities to preserve its qualitative military edge in the region.
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