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  • Congressional races: Republican Jewish hopefuls defeated, new faces for House Dems

    November 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is no closer to having a minyan. The majority leader will remain the sole Jewish member of his party’s caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    In a generally rough night for Republicans, the party's top Jewish congressional prospects all went down to...

  • Congressional races to watch

    September 27, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    The following are descriptions of eight congressional races of particular Jewish interest, plus four others featuring potentially viable Jewish contenders.

    Top eight congressional races to watch:

    U.S. Senate:

    Hawaii — Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)

    Hawaii

    Linda Lingle,...

  • House, Senate pass final Iran sanctions enhancement

    August 2, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Congress approved a broad array of new sanctions targeting Iran, and the White House suggested it would implement them.

    The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate each passed the final version of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act on Wednesday—the House by a...

  • Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

    July 26, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor and devote a substantial moment of that to...

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  • Obama says he has failed to advance Mideast peace ‘the way I wanted’

    July 16, 2012 | 11:11 am

    President Barack Obama said in an interview that he has failed to advance the Middle East peace process “the way I wanted.”

    “I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the Middle East the way I wanted,” he told WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, on July...

  • Ron Barber, aide to Giffords, wins his ex-boss’ seat

    June 13, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Ron Barber, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won her seat in a special election.

    Barber, who decided to run after Giffords formerly resigned her seat earlier this year to recover from a shooting in January 2011, defeated Jesse Kelly, a Republican who suffered a narrow...

  • Rothman defeated in primary battle

    June 5, 2012 | 10:17 pm

    Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), a veteran Jewish member of the U.S. House of Representatives, lost his primary election bid against another incumbent, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

    Rothman, who has served the 9th district in northerastern New Jersey since 1997, conceded late Tuesday...

  • Senate unanimously approves E-2 visas for Israeli investors

    May 25, 2012 | 10:20 am

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill allowing Israeli investors to reside here to oversee their businesses in this country, which backers say will spur job creation and economic growth.

    The bill had unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 and now...

  • House passes enhanced Israel cooperation bill

    May 10, 2012 | 8:30 am

    The U.S House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances U.S. policy commitments to Israel’s security.

    The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric...

  • House Jewish Projection: Adding Bishop vs. Altschuler

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Last week we posted our first House Projection – one of the items in the new J -Meter, in which we follow races with a Jewish contender, and project the number of ‎Jewish House members after the next election. As we’ve explained, we expect the ‎number of Jewish representatives...

  • Ackerman won’t run again

    March 16, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Gary Ackerman, one of the veteran Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced he would not run again.

    Ackerman, who has served 29 years as a Democrat from Queens/Long Island, said he was stepping down at a time that his reelction was reassured.

    “During my years...

  • House committee backs visa bill for Israeli investors

    February 28, 2012 | 11:26 am

    The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.

    The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and approved Feb. 28 by the House of Representatives...

  • House GOPers urge Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    January 26, 2012 | 6:32 pm

    A mostly Republican slate of 89 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fully enforce sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank.

    The letter sent Thursday, first reported by the Weekly Standard, was signed by 85 Republicans and four...

  • House leadership to Obama: Sanction Iran’s Central Bank

    November 18, 2011 | 10:11 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives leadership urged President Obama to take the next steps toward sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank.

    “If a review of the facts confirms that CBI is involved in illicit activities linked to Iran’s nuclear program and terrorist activities, we urge you to...

  • House weighs Holocaust bill that has divided Jewish community

    November 17, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives again is considering Holocaust compensation legislation that has pit survivors against some leading Jewish organizations.

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would make it easier for claimants to make their...

  • Seven Jewish lawmakers press Obama on Turkey

    November 3, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Seven Jewish House members urged President Obama to conduct an intensive review of the country’s relationship with Turkey.

    “It appears that our long-standing ally in Ankara is drifting toward confrontation with our closest friends and allies,” said the letter sent Wednesday by the...

  • Republican Bob Turner wins Weiner’s former seat

    September 14, 2011 | 12:01 am

    In a blow to Democrats, a Republican candidate captured the heavily Jewish New York City congressional district previously represented by Rep. Anthony Weiner.

    The Republican candidate, Bob Turner, beat his Democratic opponent, New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, in Tuesday’s...

  • Palestinians erring in state bid without talks, Hoyer tells Peres

    August 10, 2011 | 10:35 am

    U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer told Israeli President Shimon Peres that the Palestinians “would be making an error” in seeking U.N. recognition without negotiations.

    Hoyer, the minority whip in the House of Representatives, is leading a delegation of 26 Democratic members of the U.S....

  • 81 House members touring Israel

    August 8, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A total of 81 members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be touring Israel this month.

    Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the minority whip, is leading a trip of 26 Democrats that landed Monday in Israel.

    “I look forward to returning to Israel to continue learning firsthand about the...

  • Jewish Dems defend Wasserman Schultz after West’s attack

    July 21, 2011 | 9:11 am

    Jewish Democrats slammed Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for his vituperative attack on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as a pro-Israel PAC raised funds for the congresswoman based on the attack.

    West emailed Wasserman Schultz, who is also the chairwoman of the Democratic National...

  • Paul won’t run for House again

    July 13, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), one of the most consistent opponents of pro-Israel legislation, said he will not run again as a congressman.

    “I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress,” Paul, 75, said Tuesday on his Twitter account.

    He linked to a story in The Facts, a Texas news...

  • U.S. House approves Jewish chaplains memorial

    May 24, 2011 | 10:25 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted to authorize the construction of a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery for fallen Jewish chaplains.

    The bill was approved Monday night and now moves to the Senate.

    Dozens of national and locally based Jewish and veterans groups, led by...

  • Bipartisan House delegation visiting Israel

    April 26, 2011 | 10:25 am

    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.),...

  • Grimm first House GOP lawmaker to back Pollard clemency

    March 30, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    Rep. Michael Grimm became the first Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives to back the latest push for clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    Grimm, a freshman from Staten Island, N.Y., says in a YouTube clip posted Tuesday by a supporter of the convicted spy for Israel that he...

  • OU backs repeal of Fla. funding law

    March 30, 2011 | 10:05 am

    The Orthodox Union told Florida’s House of Representatives that it backs a repeal of a law that bans public funds for faith-based schools, activities and charities.

    The law’s current language bans public funds “in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any...

  • Maryland House passes Holocaust train bill

    March 29, 2011 | 10:18 am

    France’s national railroad must publish its World War II-era records if its American subsidiary is to win a Maryland train contract.

    Under legislation approved unanimously Monday by the Maryland House of Delegates, SNCF must catalog and put online records relating to its...

  • GOP House freshmen sign on to Israel aid letter

    February 16, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    The majority of Republican freshmen in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to a letter committing to current levels of defense assistance to Israel.

    Among the 87 freshmen, 65 have signed the letter initiated by Reps. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) to the...

  • House leaders urge Obama to veto UNSC resolution

    January 28, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    U.S. House of Representatives leaders urged President Obama to veto a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that slams Israel on settlements and urges a return to direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

    “We are deeply concerned about the Palestinian leadership’s decision to reject...

  • Groups call out congressman on Holocaust imagery

    January 20, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Jewish groups are calling on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, to apologize for using Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans.

    Cohen, addressing the House of Representatives Tuesday night in a debate over a Republican bill to repeal last year’s heath care reforms,...

  • Straus, re-elected as Texas speaker, rips attacks on faith

    January 11, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Joe Straus, overwhelmingly reelected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, strongly repudiated attacks on his Jewish faith.

    “Attacks on people’s religious beliefs have no place in this House,” Straus, a Republican, said Tuesday after winning the vote 132-15, according to...

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