WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after House Speaker John Boehner has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint session of Congress during his official visit to the United States next month.
“Congress is very pleased to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington and to speak before a joint session of Congress. The United States and Israel share a deep bond that is rooted in shared values and shared strategic interests. During a moment of great upheaval and uncertainty in the Middle East, we look forward to hearing the Prime Minister’s views on how we can work together to check the spread of radical Islam and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region.”
NOTE: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address will mark his second appearance before a joint session of Congress. He last appeared on July 10, 1996. Over the past 35 years, four Israeli prime ministers have addressed Congress. Speaker Boehner will extend a formal invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu once Congress approves a resolution providing for the joint meeting.