House of Representatives

At 25, He’s Trying To Take Down A New Jersey Political ‘Machine’ And Become The Youngest Person In Congress

06/03/2016 - 11:15
JTA

Alex Law is not your typical Jewish 25-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter. Instead of simply posting tweets with the hashtag #feelthebern or attending campaign rallies, the Collingswood, New Jersey, resident is running to be Sanders’ colleague in Congress.

Alex Law left his job as an IBM consultant over a year ago to run for a House seat against a formidable incumbent. JTA

Chaos In The House

The battle to succeed Speaker John Boehner following his sudden resignation just took another surprising turn when his would-be successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California), suddenly dropped out of the race when he came under fire from the party's most extreme right wing for not being conservative enough.

This is certain to move the House GOP leadership farther to the right and away from the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters.

Taxpayers Should Sue Congress

Right now Speaker John Boehner's plans to sue President Obama for not enforcing the laws as the Republican leader thinks he should is a political ploy he may hope will serve to derail pressure in his caucus for impeachment, but it is one that can easily escalate because the inmates are running the asylum.

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Congress Considers Gold Medal Honoring Shimon Peres On 90th Birthday

07/31/2013 - 20:00

To honor the 90th birthday of Israel’s president Friday, members of the House and Senate are to vote on whether to honor long-serving politician and diplomat Shimon Peres with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Peres, who presided over a celebrity studded conference in Jerusalem in June to mark his upcoming nonacentennial, was already awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama this year.

Shimon Peres: Helped U.S. Israel relations.

House Overwhelmingly Votes To Add New Iran Sanctions

07/31/2013 - 20:00

 

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively with Iran. Until now, such sanctions were imposed on entities that traded with Iran’s energy sector. The law maintains humanitarian exceptions for food and medicine.

Four Jewish Dems Keep, Earn Top House Committee Slots

Levin of Michigan keeps spot at Ways and Means; Lowey takes lead at Appropriations.
12/05/2012 - 19:00

Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey is taking the top spot at the House's Appropriations Committee. Getty Images

House Rejects Containment Of Iran Nuke Without Authorizing Force

05/18/2012 - 20:00

An overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution rejecting containment of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, but a sponsor made clear that the bill did not authorize use of force.

The nonbinding resolution, which also says it is in the U.S. "vital interest" to keep Iran from achieving a nuclear capability, passed 401-11 on Thursday. A similar resolution is under consideration in the Senate.

The language it embraces is in line with "red lines" Israel has suggested could trigger a military attack.

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
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