Hoeven: Senate Approves Legislation to Enhance U.S. Security Efforts with Allies in the Middle East

Legislation Supports Israel, Imposes Sanctions on Those Supporting Assad Regime

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East (SASME) Act of 2019. The legislation includes a measure Hoeven cosponsored in the last Congress to enhance security assistance to, and cooperation with, Israel. The bill also extends U.S. security cooperation arrangements with Jordan and authorizes sanctions for entities supporting the Assad regime in Syria. 

“This legislation enhances our national security and the security of critical U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Israel. At the same time it enables us to sanction those who support the crimes being committed by the Assad regime in Syria.”