Reps. McNerney and Scalise Urge Secretary Moniz to Open Israel-U.S. Center of Excellence
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and Steve Scalise (LA-01) sent a letter last week to Secretary Ernest Moniz to urge him to establish a previously authorized Center of Excellence at the Department of Energy to promote technology transfer and development between Israel and the United States.
Both Reps. Scalise and McNerney believe this Center of Excellence will provide an excellent platform to enhance ties between the United States and Israel in the academic, private and public centers. Once established, the Center would foster student and faculty exchange programs, collaborative research initiatives, industry partnership, technology transfer and bring together the world’s most innovative countries in the development of new solutions to pressing problems.
Congressman McNerney has been advocating for a more collaborative role between Israel and the United States, especially since Israeli water technology companies have been helping California with its long-standing drought.
“Severe drought is impacting different regions all across our country, but especially the West. I represent the Delta region, which is the hub of California’s water supply,” said Congressman McNerney. “A Center of Excellence at the Department of Energy is essential to promote important and collaborative technological innovation between Israel and the United States. We can use that type of innovation to address the drought with advanced water technology as well as further the energy sector.”
Scalise praised the effort as an opportunity for increased cooperation between the United States and our Israeli allies.
“America has no greater ally than Israel, and we should take every opportunity to increase the cooperation between our two countries—especially when it comes to critical issues like energy,” Scalise said. “Tulane University and the Greater New Orleans region are already an important hub for cutting-edge technologies that can greatly benefit both America and Israel, and this Center of Excellence will only enhance the leading role our community plays on the international stage.”
Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.