Bill seeks to fortify U.S.-Israel cybersecurity research

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WASHINGTON - JULY 22: Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) speaks during a news conference about the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in the Rayburn House Office Building July 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that Langevin, who was paralyzed when accidentally shot 30 years ago, will be the first person with disabilities to preside over the House of Representatives as the Speaker Pro Tem on July 26. The Architect of the Capitol has installed a mechanical lift that will allow Langevin to reach the Speaker's Rostrum inside the House chamber. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A bill has passed the House of Representatives that will institute a grant program to strengthen joint cybersecurity research and development ventures between the United States and Israel.

The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act — introduced by Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, following a congressional delegation trip to Israel in May 2016 — would allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to determine research requirements with help from an advisory board made up of members from successful U.S.-Israeli partnerships.

“Cybersecurity is at the center of our national and economic security, as well as the personal security of consumers,” said Langevin, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus. “The United States and Israel have an opportunity here to work together to develop innovative solutions to the threats we face in cyberspace.”