Fortenberry and Lowey Introduce Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018

Oct 15, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Last week, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) introduced the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018.  This legislation builds bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, laying the groundwork for peace and prosperity between the parties.  The bill promotes economic development, helps finance joint ventures between Palestinian entrepreneurs and companies in the United States, Israel, and other countries in the Middle East, and scales people-to-people cooperation.  

“We often hear about the ‘the road map for peace in the Middle East,’” Fortenberry said.  “The challenge is laying the proper foundation for the road.  Building on previous U.S. efforts at reconciliation, this bipartisan bill is a genuine attempt by the United States to regenerate our historic role in finding creative and imaginative pathways to secure a sustainable peace.  This starts by recreating new and better economic and interpersonal linkages for prosperity and interconnectedness between the region’s peoples.”

“I have always believed that a two-state solution is the only framework that would lead to two states for two peoples,” Lowey said.  “But this dream will only be realized through efforts on the ground to stimulate economic development and community ties between Israelis and Palestinians.  This legislation would be a critical step in the reconciliation process necessary for there to one day be a democratic, Jewish State of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.” 

Several organizations support the Palestinian Partnership Fund, including the Alliance for Middle East Peace, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. 

Congressman Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.  Congresswoman Lowey is a Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and the Full Committee on Appropriations. 

The full text of the bill is available here.   

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of its Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.