U.S. Senate

'A Custodian Of The Jewish People'

The son of poor immigrants, Sen. Frank Lautenburg remembered as a giant of liberal and Jewish causes, and critical advocate for Soviet emigrés.

06/04/2013
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About a dozen years ago, Frank Lautenberg, then the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was invited to serve as keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens that New Jersey’s Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest was hosting.

Retiring from the Senate in 2001 was a "big mistake," Lautenberg said. He was re-elected the following year. Getty Images

Honoring Sen. Frank Lautenberg

05/24/2013
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Love of country, love of Jewish community and love of Israel. Those have been driving forces for Frank Lautenberg, who is nearing the end of his career in the United States Senate, and they are the qualities that make an upcoming tribute by the Jewish community something I am proud to commemorate.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Experts, Politicians Testify On Disability Employment Before U.S. Senate

I’m blogging from the full Senate HELP committee hearing on “State Leadership and Innovation in Disability Employment." Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat of Iowa, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election, chairs the HELP committee and these proceedings. He is considered the most important champion of the rights of people with disabilities in the Senate today.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Getty Images

Feb. 26 @ The NN: The Blind Film Critic, A Senate Hearing & More

Looming cuts to the federal budget, also known as the sequestration, could hit special needs programs hardest, at least in parts of New Jersey, reports an article in the Hillsborough Patch.

Sen. Tom Harkin

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Carpool Candidate

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the founder of the Reform movement’s congregational community organizing arm, has decided not to run for Senate in Massachusetts – and it’s tearing him up.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Rabbi Decides Not To Run For U.S. Senate

01/21/2013
Staff Writer

Rabbi Jonah Pesner has decided not to run for United States Senate in June’s Massachusetts special election to replace John Kerry, foreclosing on the possibility – for now – of the first senator who is also a rabbi.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Senate Overwhelmingly Endorses 'Red Line' On Iran

09/23/2012

 

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly endorsed language that sets a red line for Iran "nuclear capability."

The non-binding resolution, introduced in February by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) says that "it is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability."

The resolution passed late on Sept 21 by a vote of 90-1, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voting against.

87 Senators Urge Continuation of Peace Talks

09/28/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Eighty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table.

The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), thanks Obama for restarting direct peace talks and notes the threat to their success from what it calls "enemies of peace" -- Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

Kagan Wins Senate Confirmation to Supreme Court

08/05/2010

(JTA) -- Elana Kagan became the third Jewish justice on the current U.S. Supreme Court with her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

The Senate approved the nomination of Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, in a 63-37 vote Thursday.

Kagan, 50, joins Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer as Jewish justices on the high court. She becomes the court's 112th justice and the fourth woman to serve, including Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the current panel.

Adam Dickter Interviews Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand

Assistant Managing Editor Adam Dickter interviews US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Produced and edited by Sharon Udasin and recorded on June 1, 2010. 

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