Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Bill to Expand Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China

June 28, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the bipartisan Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China (EMPIL-DOC) Act (H.R. 6829), which would better enable cooperation between the United States and Israel to find breakthrough technologies and cures for COVID-19 by authorizing a bilateral grant program.

“The United States and Israel are global leaders in developing innovative biomedical technologies, and the EMPIL-DOC Act would leverage our strong, bilateral relationship to find life-saving drugs and treatments during this public health emergency,” said Congresswoman Luria. “The COVID-19 pandemic further demonstrated why we must work with our allies to respond to this crisis and reduce our dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals.”

The bipartisan EMPIL-DOC Act would authorize a 3-year cooperative grant program between the United States and Israel to enhance scientific partnerships between the two countries and, in doing so, lessen U.S. dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, Congresswoman Luria worked with fellow military veteran, Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL-06), to advance the United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act (H.R. 5605), which would leverage research assets and experiences of the U.S. and Israel to develop best practices in the research, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD. Congresswoman Luria and Congressman Waltz have similarly worked together to reduce dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals in supporting the Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act (H.R. 6393).

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.