Ben Cardin

DC Branch of Knesset

The U.S. Congress sounds increasing like the Washington branch of the Knesset.  I'm just waiting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to show up on the Senate floor wearing yarmulkes.

Senators debating the Iran bill this week have been busy trying to out-Israel each other.

Among the most ardent are Presidential hopefuls and senators facing tough reelection campaigns.  A number of them were in Las Vegas last weekend kissing the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who they hope will dip into his billions to fund their campaigns.

AIPAC Opposes Bibi's Amendment – For Now

Who would have predicted it:  AIPAC is opposing an amendment in the Senate proposed by none other than its idol, Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Rubio, Bibi, Adelson

Democrats In Senate Delay Backing Sanctions Until March 24

01/28/2015

Washington – Ten Senate Democrats told President Barack Obama they would not push for an Iran sanctions vote until after a midway deadline in Iran talks.

Sanctions Bill Founders Again On Obama Veto Threat

01/26/2015

Washington (Washington Jewish Week) — For the second year running, a bid to pass a bill intensifying sanctions against Iran appears to be foundering on threat of a presidential veto.

Legislation To Support Shoah Survivors Introduced

07/03/2012

Three U.S. senators introduced legislation aimed at supporting programs to assist aging Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in Brooklyn.

The bipartisan measure, Responding to Urgent needs of Survivors of the Holocaust (RUSH), was introduced June 28 by original cosponsor Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) along with Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

Sens. Barbara Mikulski, left, Ben Cardin and Mark Kirk are cosponsors of the RUSH Act.

Dems Call Jews To The Rescue

In search of a solution to the great debt ceiling crisis, House Republicans have turned to the Tea Party for help in passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution along with deep spending cuts, and Senate Democrats have turned to the Jews for help blocking it.

 The House Tuesday evening passed its Cut-Cap-Balance bill, 234-190 largely along party lines, but it's likely dead in the water. The President has threatened to veto it, although it's expected to die in the Senate and never make it to his desk.

Raise Restitution Issue in Poland, Group Asks Obama

05/26/2011

(JTA) -- President Obama should raise the issue of restitution of private Jewish property during his meeting this week with Polish officials, a Jewish group has urged.

The World Jewish Restitution Organization made the request two days before Obama meets Friday with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

The request follows a similar one contained in a letter to Obama from U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), chairs of the Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission).

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