H.R.1159 – United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act

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H.R.1159 – United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act


HR 1159 directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to continue to work with the Israel Space Agency in identifying and cooperatively pursuing peaceful space exploration and science initiatives in areas of mutual interest as NASA is already doing so since 2015.


The Congress finds that—

(1) authorized in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports and coordinates United States Government research in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology;

(2) established in 1983, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) supports the growth of Israel’s space industry by supporting academic research, technological innovation, and educational activities;

(3) the mutual interest of the United States and Israel in space exploration affords both nations an opportunity to leverage their unique abilities to advance scientific discovery;

(4) in 1996, NASA and the ISA entered into their first agreement outlining areas of mutual cooperation, which remained in force until 2005;

(5) since 1996, NASA and the ISA have successfully cooperated on many space programs supporting the Global Positioning System and research related to the sun, earth science, and the environment;

(6) the bond between NASA and the ISA was permanently forged on February 1, 2003, with the loss of the crew of STS–107 including Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon;

(7) the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–296) designated Israel as a Major Strategic Partner of the United States; and

(8) on October 13, 2015, the United States and Israel signed the Framework Agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States of America and the Israel Space Agency for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes.

(Full text of H.R. 1159 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 02/16/2017)

Status:   Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 0 (Roll no. 700).

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget. According to NASA, the agency is already working with ISA to implement the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 1159 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1159 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1159 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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