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  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    3 days ago

    Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. But he remains famously shrewd and caustic, feisty and funny, as well as the most prominent gay politician in the nation. With current roiling debate over the financial reform that Frank helped...

  • U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion government funding bill

    1 week ago

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Thursday to fund most federal agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

    By a vote of 219-206, the House approved the bill, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security only...

  • House votes to deny Social Security benefits to ex-Nazis

    2 weeks ago

    The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would end Social Security payments to former Nazis.

    The No Social Security for Nazis Act passed Tuesday by consent. It closed a loophole that had allowed ex-Nazis who lied about their past when immigrating to the...

  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

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  • Carr Super Pac tries to draw connection between Lieu and Hamas

    By Ryan Torok

    October 30, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    The race to represent the 33rd California District in the United States House of Representatives took a nasty turn recently.

    Residents in the district have received mailers claiming that Democratic candidate Ted Lieu is sympathetic to the Palestinian terror group Hamas. The...

  • What a GOP Senate would mean for the Jewish communal agenda

    October 6, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

    Jewish strategies, however, will remain...

  • House increases funding for Israel’s missile defense

    June 24, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems.

    Included in the House’s Defense Appropriations Bill approved last week is $351 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is $175 million more than was requested in President...

  • House Republican No. 2 Cantor to step down after election shock

    June 11, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    A shock primary election defeat for Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, left his political party in chaos on Wednesday as financial markets worried the shakeup might renew budget fights that in the past have caused government shutdowns and near credit...

  • House bill makes cemetery vandalism a violation of religious freedom

    February 10, 2014 | 4:22 pm

    A bill that would make the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    On Monday, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced  the Protect Cemeteries Act, which would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998...

  • Kerry tells senators to disregard Israeli reports on Iran

    November 14, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told U.S. senators to disregard Israeli reports of Iran’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon.

    Also, his spokeswoman dismissed an Israeli Cabinet minister’s account of a proposed deal with Iran as “inaccurate, exaggerated, and not...

  • Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

    October 16, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity on Wednesday.

    Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved...

  • Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

    October 8, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second.

    Against the background of the current federal budget battle, that’s about all that united Sen. Kelly...

  • Freshman congressmen call on Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    October 8, 2013 | 9:47 am

    A bipartisan group of freshmen congressmen called on the Obama administration to use all the sanctions passed by the House of Representatives against Iran to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    Many of the 78 legislators who signed the Oct. 4 letter returned recently...

  • SNAP cut: Who decides who’s hungry?

    September 24, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    On Sept. 19, the House of Representatives passed a bill that slashes nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). It’s difficult to capture just how monumental a shift this is in American policy. It certainly...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    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...

  • House appropriations bill would sustain Egypt funding

    July 19, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives foreign operations appropriations bill now under consideration does not stop assistance to Egypt despite the recent coup, in part because of considerations of Israeli security.

    “Everyone is closely watching the situation in Egypt, and the...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • Netanyahu won’t ask U.S. to exempt aid to Israel in defense cuts

    June 21, 2013 | 10:12 am

    Israel will not object to a planned five-percent cut in the annual military aid package from the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said.

    Under the sequester, the across-the-board cuts mandated by 2011 legislation, Washington is set to cut more...

  • Liberal Jewish groups unleash on doomed abortion bill

    June 20, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Liberal Jewish groups fired a verbal barrage against a restrictive abortion bill passed by the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, calling it “egregious,” “outrageous,” “an affront,” and “deeply disappointing.”

    Such strong language is unusual in any case for...

  • Reps. Royce, Engel talk Iran, Syria with Netanyahu

    May 2, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the potential Iranian threat and instability in Syria with Israel's prime minister. 

    Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), its...

  • House resolution would back Israel strike on Iran

    March 6, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    A slate of Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution that would support an Israeli strike against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The non-binding resolution introduced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) "fully supports...

  • Sequester cuts to Israel expected to be $155 million

    March 5, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

    A senior staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee told JTA that defense assistance to Israel would likely be cut by 5 percent, or between $150 million and $160 million of the...

  • Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

    March 5, 2013 | 8:06 am

    A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a unique designation.

    The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual...

  • Congress passes more expansive Violence Against Women Act

    March 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Congress approved the more expansive version of an extension of the Violence Against Women Act that an array of Jewish groups had backed.

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Senate version of the bill after it had rejected a Republican rewrite that omitted...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

  • Bill granting FEMA funds to Sandy-damaged shuls sparks uncharacteristic Jewish response

    February 19, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?

    That’s the crux of a question now exercising Congress as a bill advances that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by superstorm Sandy last October.

    The bill, which passed the U.S. House of...

  • Jewish groups praise Senate on Violence Against Women Act

    February 14, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    Three Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit.

    The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 78-22 vote the bill that would reauthorize the act first passed in 1994 for another five...

  • House clears path for disaster funding for religious institutions

    February 13, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation that makes clearer the eligibility of religious institutions for disaster relief.

    The bill, approved in a 354-72 vote on Wednesday afternoon, stipulates that the act funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a...

  • Opinion: The Post-Kumbaya President

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 21, 2013 | 8:42 pm

    I wonder where Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are having dinner tonight.

    Four years ago, while Democrats danced at inaugural balls, Reps. Cantor and Ryan dined at The Caucus Room, a Capitol Hill steakhouse, along with other top Republicans, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Sens. Jim...

  • Designate Hezbollah as terrorist group, U.S. House resolution urges EU

    January 3, 2013 | 9:42 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the European Union and its member states to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization and impose sanctions on the group.

    The bipartisan resolution, which passed Wednesday, would prevent Hezbollah from using EU...

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