The House on Wednesday cleared legislation to extend the Pentagon's ability to transfer surplus military stockpiles to Israel for another year.

Passage of the measure by voice vote means the legislation is headed to the president's desk. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent in September.


Lawmakers said the measure ratified the U.S. support for Israel.

"At a time when many around the world seek to test our resolve and our commitment to our friend and ally, passing this bill will affirm an unwavering commitment to Israel," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

In addition, the measure directs the president to report to Congress on coordination between the U.S. and Israel on cybersecurity. 

Another provision states the U.S. should institute a policy of including Israel in the visa waiver program.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, argued the legislation served both U.S. and Israeli national security interests.

"It is mutually beneficial and serves the strategic interests of both countries," Engel said.