Congress

Pelosi Delegation Meets With Netanyahu

05/08/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A delegation of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the minority leader, arrived in Israe and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahul.

The sides discussed "U.S.-Israel relations and regional security issues," said a statement Sunday, after the delegation arrived.

Bipartisan House Delegation Visiting Israel

04/26/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A bipartisan delegation of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers is in Israel this week.

The delegation, including Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), and Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) had meetings planned with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

They also planned to tour areas in Israel subject to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Congress Approves $19 Million in Security Funding

04/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Congress approved $19 million for non-profit security for 2011, a program that has mostly benefited Jewish institutions in the past.

The $19 million, identical to 2010's allocation, was included in appropriations approved this week and is part of a congressionally mandated program in place since 2005 that targets institutions that are vulnerable to attack.

In the past, security measures funded included reinforcements for windows, gates and doors, video surveillance, other enhancements, and training.

Boehner to Invite Netanyahu to Address Congress

04/14/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. John Boehner, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he plans to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.

New DNC Pick Puts J Street In Spotlight

Wasserman Schultz appointment hints of major 2012 campaign themes.

04/12/2011
Washington Correspondent

Only hours after she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was labeled “the girl from J Street” by several right-of-center blogs and blasted by the Republican Jewish Coalition for her connection to the pro-Israel, pro-peace process group — even though she had rejected its endorsement and its money.

Welcome to Campaign 2012.

New DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. getty images

Congressional Initiatives Targeting Goldstone Report

04/11/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Legislation calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report is circulating in both houses of Congress.

A Senate resolution, introduced April 8 by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and James Risch (R-Idaho), calls on the U.N. Human Rights Council to "reflect the author’s repudiation of the Goldstone report’s central findings, rescind the report, and reconsider further Council actions with respect to the report’s findings."

Think last week's budget battle was ugly? Just wait.

Washington is taking bit of a breather this week after an expensive, disruptive government shutdown was averted at the last minute late Friday, but the respite will be short.

Before long lawmakers will start debating raising the federal debt ceiling and next year's budget, which could make the just-completed fight look like a romp in the park.

Nicholas Kristof pretty much nails what's going on here it in his New York Times column yesterday.

Jewish Groups, Lawmaker Rap U.S. House 2012 Budget Plan

04/07/2011

(JTA) -- Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative's budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal unveiled the previous day, which slashes nearly $6 trillion from federal spending over the next 10 years, "relies on cuts which will be harmful to many of those in America who are most in need."

J Street lobbies Congress for Israel and Palestinian aid

 J Street, wrapping up its second national conference today, will fan out over Capitol Hill for a round of lobbying meetings that will deliver a message that could – at least in part -- could warm AIPAC's heart: don't cut aid to Israel.

That, along with a call to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority in the interests of a two-state solution, is the sole “ask” in about 250 Hill meetings – mostly local J Streeters going to their own representatives offices, taking another page out of AIPAC's play book.

Bipartisan Push In Congress For Tougher Iran Sanctions

02/18/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Citing the movement of two Iranian warships toward the Suez Canal and a potential confrontation with Israel, a bipartisan group of members of Congress on Wednesday called for tougher sanctions against Tehran to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

"If we can bring greater transparency to any investment being made in Iran, we can defund nuclear development in one of the world’s most hostile nations,” said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, in a conference call with reporters. “America can not and will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.”

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