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Jewish Groups Praise Health Care Reform Bill's Passage

Jewish Republicans: plan will "worsen our already dire fiscal situation"

03/22/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish groups are lauding the U.S. Congress' passage of a health care reform bill.

On Monday, the morning after the House of Representatives passed a measure that would create sweeping change in the way health care is provided in the United States, a slew of Jewish groups issued statements in support and looking forward to its signature into law by President Obama.

B’nai B’rith International was among the groups hailing the bill's passage.

Two Dems Blame Israel For Spat

03/18/2010

(JTA) — Two Democrats with solidly pro-Israel records are blaming Israel for the heightened U.S.-Israeli tensions.
 
The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), told JTA that Israel deserved much of the criticism it has been receiving over the announcement during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel last week of plans to construct 1,600 housing units in a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.
 

Searching For A Gillibrand Rival

GOP gains may give state party a shot at its first Senate victory since 1992, if the right candidate emerges.

03/18/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 

 
Un-elected Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may not face a serious Democrat primary this year, but if state Republicans have their way she’ll face more than a token challenger in November.
 
State GOP leaders have been courting contenders to take on the junior senator, but heavy hitters such as former Mayor Rudolph Giuilani and publisher Morton Zuckerman have taken a pass.
 

Dan Senor.

Clarke Gets An Earful On Israel

Brooklyn rep backtracks on Gaza
after meetings with Jewish leaders.

02/11/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

After voting with 36 other members of the House in November against a resolution that the Goldstone Report to the UN was unfair to Israel, Brooklyn’s Yvette Clarke reportedly told Jewish leaders in her district that she’d consult with them on Middle East issues in the future.

Rep. Yvette Clarke said letters on Gaza she signed “do not provide a complete, and therefore accurate, picture of the situation.

‘Doomsday’ Crackdown On Christians

10/29/1999
Staff Writer
Israel is heading toward an international religious crisis and the loss of untold millions in tourism following increased police actions against Christians. So warned millennium experts and Christian and Jewish leaders in the wake of Israel’s midnight raid, arrest and deportation this week of a group of 21 Christians, mostly Americans, who had been living without incident near the Mount of Olives anticipating the “return” of Jesus and the beginning of the End of Days.

Kosher Chicken Circuit Awaits Gillibrand

Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand: Senatorial-designate has little background in Jewish issues.

01/28/2009
Washington Correspondent

Politicos are still puzzling over last week’s appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate and Gov. David Paterson’s missteps in announcing his choice — a “mishandled circus,” according to CUNY political scientist Douglas Muzzio.

But one thing you can take to the bank: Gillibrand, who will face voters statewide in 2010, is going to be eating a lot of kosher chicken in the months ahead.

And Then Were None: Jewish GOP Caucus Down to One

Specter party switch leaves Senate with no Jewish Republicans

04/29/2009
Washington Correspondent

The Jewish Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate evaporated into thin air on Tuesday with Sen. Arlen Specter’s stunning announcement that he is switching parties because “the Republican Party has moved far to the right.”
That represents a huge boost for Senate Democrats, who were two votes short of a 60-vote “super majority” that would make it easier to end GOP filibusters, and for an Obama administration with an aggressive legislative agenda that has been slowed by Senate Republicans.

Jews in the (Political) News: Waxman and Pritzker

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 James Besser in Washington A leading Jewish congressman has won his battle for control of a committee that could play a major role if lawmakers decide to get serious about energy independence, health care reform and a host of other issues. After a nasty inside battle, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) shoved aside the current chair of the Energy and Commerce  Committee, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).  Waxman won the post by a 137-122 margin in a poll of Democratic House members.

New Year’s Congressional Commotion

Monday, September 29th, 2008 James Besser in Washington With bank failures and a bearish stock market casting a dark shadow over the Capitol, Congress is scrambling to pass the record $700 billion financial bailout package this week. And that’s causing big problems for numerous Jewish lawmakers. Many Jewish House members - there are 30 of them - were watching the clock as today’s debate dragged on and their prospects for getting out of town in time for the beginning of Rosh Hashanah diminished with every tick.

AIPAC By the Numbers

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’ gaudy, it’s over the top, some say it’s tasteless, but it sure as heck is effective. AIPAC’s legendary “roll call,” a decades-old tradition at the annual policy conference banquet, is a graphic indication of the group’s continuing Capitol Hill clout. You can bet politicians in both parties, at every level of the political game, hear the message loud and clear.
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