Bipartisan Push for U.S.-Israel Energy Projects

YERUSHALAYIM -

A bipartisan group of 84 congressmen has urged the House of Representatives to release $2million for U.S.-Israel cooperative energy projects, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-California), Eliot Engel (D-New York), Michael Grimm (R-New York) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), along with the other legislators, sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development requesting that the funds be provided, under the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Program in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

Since the program started in 2008, Washington has contributed $9.7 million to it, with funds matched by Israel, leveraging more than $19.5 million in private sector cost-share, according to the letter.

The letter also referred to
a U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership act passed in March as another area of funding needs. A large part of that bill was directed at strengthening bilateral collaboration on energy projects.