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Conference Report on H.R. William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 8, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McCAUL. Mr. Speaker, I would like to also thank my good friend from Texas for his service to the Nation.

The United States has a special partnership with Israel. In the past 4 years, we have strengthened this relationship while taking steps toward peace in the Middle East under the Abraham Accords with Bahrain, Sudan, and the UAE. This has made Israel and the entire Middle East safer.

However, Israel still faces threats from malign actors like Iran that seek to sow chaos and spread terror. In fact, earlier today, Iranian President Rouhani directly threatened Israel by promising to support Syria's aggression in the Golan Heights.

I am pleased the final bill bolsters cooperation between our countries and fully funds the security assistance to Israel. It also improves the laws on the books so that we can quickly supply Israel with precision-guided missiles to defend themselves against malign actors in the region.

This bill also enhances cooperation between our two nations by establishing a defense acquisition advisory group.

As an NDAA conferee, I am proud this year's bill includes provisions that support Israel and deepen our partnership.

Mr. Speaker, before I close, I would like to take a moment of personal privilege to honor my colleague, my friend, my fellow Texan, Congressman Mac Thornberry. His leadership on the House Armed Services Committee has made our country stronger.

I am proud to have served with him in the Congress where we have worked together on key national security issues, including the year's NDAA which bears his name.

But most importantly, Mr. Speaker, I am proud to call him my friend. He has brought dignity and bipartisanship to this Chamber.

For that, sir, we are forever grateful.

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