Congress

Boteach’s Kosher Candidacy

Celebrity rabbi vows to bring Jewish values to Congress.
03/26/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

The faith-based campaign that has become so frequent in Republican races across the country is echoed locally with the Bergen County GOP endorsement of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for Congress in northern New Jersey. The Chabad-trained rabbi says he’s running as a Republican because he believes in smaller government, but adds that his politics are driven by his Judaism — and there’s nothing small about that.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s.

Foreign Affairs Committee Considers Israel Loan Guarantee Extension

03/17/2012 - 20:00

Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation that would extend a program providing loan guarantees to the State of Israel.

Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-Calif.) introduced legislation on Friday that would allow loan guarantees to help Israel raise private funds at lower interest rates.

The program was initiated in 2003 and was extended in 2006 for an additional five years. The new bill calls for an extension that will run through the end of the fiscal year in 2015.

Agunah Cases in the Age of Facebook

Cross-posted to Blog.RabbiJason.com

United States Representative Dave Camp is a proud Roman Catholic. The Republican congressman represents Michigan's 4th District in Congress which includes places in Michigan's "Up North" region that Jews only visit for a few days each year. Aside from the handful of families who live in Traverse City year round, Dave Camp likely doesn't give much thought to Jewish people.

Rep. Dave Camp had to close the comments section of his Facebook page due to protests over his staffer's refusal to grant a get

Citing Distraction, Weiner Quits Congress

06/15/2011 - 20:00

Acknowledging that his conduct had become too much of a distraction for him to be effective, Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from office in the wake of a scandal in which he lied about sexually explicit exchanges on social media outlets.

Calif. Congressman to Introduce Bill Protecting Circumcision

06/15/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman will introduce a bill to prevent cities from banning male circumcision, the California lawmaker's office said.

Sherman's bill, which his office announced Tuesday, comes in response to a measure that qualified recently for the November ballot in San Francisco that would outlaw the circumcision of males under the age of 18, making it punishable by a $1,000 fine and a one-year prison term.

Cantor: Weiner Should Resign

06/06/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the U.S. House of Representatives majority leader, called on Congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign.
Cantor's call Tuesday came a day after Weiner admitted to having innapropriate Internet relationships and lying about a lewd photo posted to his Twitter account.

"I don't condone his activity. And I think he should resign," Cantor said Tuesday after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.

Was Anthony Weiner a rising political star before Tweeting himself into political oblivion?

I've been amused by all these stories referring to Rep. Anthony Weiner, who yesterday admitted he may have Tweeted himself right out of a job with lewd pictures and messages sent to women who are not his wife, as a “rising star” in Jewish and Democratic politics

There's little question Weiner is entertaining, as members of Congress go; his rants at hearings, immortalized on YouTube, provide great comic relief from the grim business of legislating in today's polarized political environment.

Weiner's woes and the politics of repentance

Until now I've refrained from blogging about the Twitter troubles of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), mostly because it was so unclear to me whether the charges that he distributed suggestive photos of himself through the social networking site were accurate or just another Internet-driven political hit job.

An Insider's Look At AIPAC Conference: Just Me And 10,000 Other Attendees

Along with The Western Wall in Jerusalem and the ice sculptures at swanky Passover hotels' lunch buffets, the annual AIPAC conference in Washington surely must rank as one of the Seven Wonders of The Jewish World.

Netanyahu to Congress: No Compromise on Jerusalem, Refugees or Jordan River Presence

05/23/2011 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any peace deal with the Palestinians must grant Israel a military presence along the Jordan River, exclude repatriation of Palestinian refugees to Israel and leave Jerusalem as Israel’s united capital.

However, the Israeli leader said in his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, some Jewish settlements in the West Bank would fall outside Israel’s borders in a final peace deal.

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