Congress

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.”

The Budget Battle's Victims

02/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Though the coming battle over the 2012 budget will be waged across line items on spread sheets and political talking points, those most affected will be real people with real problems. 

Above it all looms the ballooning deficit and a new Congress replete with members from both sides who campaigned on cutting spending and lowering the budget. In such an atmosphere, the decisions facing the President are not easy ones: how to make the investments in our future and protect those suffering because of poverty and the recession while not contributing to the deficit.

It's baaack: the issue that won't go away

This one is so old it has whiskers: Orthodox groups are supporting, church-state separation groups are opposing and most other Jewish groups are ignoring the latest chapter in the perennial battle over a District of Columbia school vouchers program.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, created in 2004, was the first school voucher program involving federal dollars, which made it a particularly explosive issue for supporters and opponents alike.

Congressman Expresses Regret About Holocaust Terminology

01/21/2011

(JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, expressed regrets about his use of Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans during the debate over health care reform.

"I would certainly never do anything to diminish the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, as I revere and respect the history of my people," Cohen said in a statement released Thursday. "I sponsored legislation which created one of the first state Holocaust Commissions in America and actively served as a Commission member for over 20 years."

Why B'nai B'rith Opposes Health Care Reform Repeal

Affordable Health Care: Why We Need it

01/20/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Health care reform is proving to be one of the most deeply divisive issues Congress has tackled in a long time. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the last thing we wanted to do was get in the middle of an increasingly partisan battle. But as an organization dedicated to the healthy aging of our nation’s seniors, we have no choice but to speak out on behalf of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because of the good things in the law passed last March that will help all Americans age safely and healthily.

Adam Dickter Interviews Rep. Steve Israel

Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, newly appointed chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, discusses the Arizona shootings, efforts to retake the House in 2012, J Street, the Obama administration's Mideast policies, gun control and more in an interview with The Jewish Week on 1/18/11.

Jewish Groups Adjusting Agendas for New GOP-led Congress

01/11/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Faced with a new Congress intent on slashing the U.S. federal budget, Jewish groups are trimming their agendas to hew to its contours.

On issues from Israel aid to the environment to elderly care, Jewish organizations are planning to promote priorities that would find favorable reception in the new Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives. The groups are trying to build alliances based on shared interests and recasting pitches for existing programs as Republican-friendly.

Giffords shooting: Figures it was Arizona

My first reaction on hearing of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) in a Tuscon Safeway parking lot: it figures it was Arizona.

In a country where political rage and incitement pose as entertainment and the gun lobby successfully boosts a radical, mostly insane view that the rights of gun owners trump all other rights, Arizona is a place where this sickness rages with particular virulence.

Gabrielle Giffords Critical After Being Shot in the Head

01/09/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Giffords was outside one of her signature "Congress at your corner" events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head.

The gunman, identified by media as Jared Lee Loughner, shot 17 people, killing six of them, including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge, John Roll. The gunman was tackled and arrested.

Digging the debt hole a little deeper

Looking at the opening moves by the Republican House leadership as they exercise their new majority, you have to wonder how serious they are about deficit reduction.

Under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, they approved rules requiring that all new spending increases must be offset by cuts in other programs.

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