Rosen, Rubio Introduce Bill Enhancing U.S.-Jordan Security Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to advance defense collaboration between the U.S. and Jordan. The United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act would facilitate defense assistance to Jordan, coordinate against missile threats in the region, and advance national security interests in the Middle East.

“The U.S.-Jordan partnership is a pillar of stability in the Middle East. Jordan shares many interests with the United States, from combating violent extremism to defending against Iran’s aggression,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to help introduce this bipartisan legislation to bolster our defense cooperation with Jordan, protect the region from Iranian air and missile threats, and enhance America’s national security interests.”

“It’s imperative we continue to assist partners who support U.S. interests in the Middle East,” said Senator Rubio. “Strengthening our defense operations in the Middle East will not only benefit the region but also our national security interests.”

Senator Rosen has been leading efforts in the Senate to enhance security cooperation with allies in the Middle East. Earlier this month, she introduced bipartisan legislation that was included in the bipartisan national defense bill that advanced out of the Senate Armed Services Committee to improve cooperation with allies and counter space threats posed by Iran and its proxies. Last year, Rosen’s bipartisan MARITIME Act to require the Department of Defense to work with partners in the Middle East to counter maritime threats posed by Iran and other violent organizations was signed into law. Her bipartisan DEFEND Act was also signed into law last Congress to establish an air and missile defense architecture with Israel and other Middle East allies.