Congressman Steve Israel represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, including the communities of Huntington, North Hempstead, Queens, Oyster Bay, and Smithtown. He was first sworn into Congress in 2001.
While speaking to the House Democratic Caucus, former President Bill Clinton called Congressman Israel “one of the most thoughtful people in the House of Representatives.”
Israel is a member of the House Leadership, serving as the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In March of 2012, he was appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, serving with seven other members of Congress. In March 2013, Israel was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) Board of Visitors, which provides the President independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the USMA.
While in the House Leadership, he has a temporary leave of absence from his powerful assignments on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.
He is known as a relentless advocate for veterans and middle class families. The New York Times has called him “a Democrat who has long tried to focus attention on the plight of the middle class.”
Israel is considered a leader on U.S. energy security, reducing our national dependence on foreign oil, lowering energy costs, and creating an innovative clean technology economy. His key energy accomplishments include funding the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy. Congressional Quarterly called Israel’s comprehensive energy security proposals “an ambitious blueprint for energy issues.”
Veterans and Military Families
A passionate and relentless advocate for veterans and military families, Israel has secured more than $5 million in overdue benefits for Long Islanders who served their country. He has visited U.S. troops in conflict areas on nine occasions, including visiting highly-remote fire bases in Afghanistan.
Israel is a resolute defender of consumers. During the 111th Congress, Israel launched an initiative to require full ingredient labeling on household cleaning projects; authored a bill that would take arsenic, a known carcinogen, out of our poultry supply; and he is working to implement mandatory rules for medicine cups, which due to frequent flaws lead to over- or under-dosing children.
The Middle East and Israel
Israel is a leader in the House in supporting U.S. assistance for the State of Israel and has been an active voice on behalf of U.S.-Israeli relations. He called for the arrest of Iranian President Ahmadinejad on charges of incitement and genocide, led bi-partisan efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran, and helped lead the funding of cutting-edge military equipment and technologies to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge. In March of 2012, he was appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, serving with seven other members of Congress.
New York Accomplishments
Among Israel’s local accomplishments are securing record-level federal investments to protect the Long Island Sound; seeking to protect Long Island taxpayers by changing the federal tax code to reflect the local cost-of-living; and supporting local women’s health initiatives – a priority in his role as Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucus.
Israel is a staunch advocate for middle class families. The New York Times called him, “a Democrat who has long tried to focus attention on the plight of the middle class.” He has repeatedly called for a revision of the tax code to reflect regional variations in cost-of-living and helped author the Tax Equity Act, legislation that would level the playing field for families living in high cost-of-living communities. He has long-sought a permanent fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax. In the 111th Congress, Congressman Israel voted to extend the payroll tax cut for working families, saving the average middle class family $1,500 in 2012. He also called for an extension of pre-tax commuter benefits in December 2011, a critical benefit for New York commuters.