We are close to a deal with Iran. Anyone who has been to an American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference knows that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is one of Israel's best friends on either side of the aisle. We should judge any deal with Iran based on the criteria Hoyer outlined on July 2.
Today, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the fifth Democrat to run. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed Webb’s candidacy, praising his commitment to supporting the issues most important to American-Jewish voters.
"We are pleased to welcome a presidential candidate who understands the values and concerns of American Jewish voters. As a former marine, former Sen. Webb has dedicated his career to defending the safety and security of the country and all our worldwide allies. Like the other Democratic candidates, Jim stands with the American Jewish community in his efforts to protect civil rights and to improve the justice system. We look forward to learning about his plans to build a better path forward for all Americans in the months ahead."
The Obama Administration has warned Iran that the U.S. is prepared to walk way from the negotiating table if a comprehensive nuclear agreement is not reached. With a legacy on the line, Obama proves determined to reach a comprehensive, quality final nuclear agreement.
Just when the pool of 2016 Republican presidential candidates appeared to have reached its limit, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is attempting to make a splash by entering the race today. Gov. Christie, however, has a history of questionable judgement and strikingly dishonest actions that should frighten American Jewish voters.
As part of the landmark Trade Promotion Authority legislation, President Obama signed into law this week language opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. This latest legislation is, of course, just the latest example of President Obama standing by the state of Israel and supporting the country on the international stage.
Tonight, the NJDC will join with 17 other organizations representing virtually the entire spectrum of the American Jewish community in recognizing a Shabbat in solidarity with the African-American community following last week's tragic murders of 9 people in Charleston, SC.
With just days remaining before the deadline for a nuclear agreement between the United States, the remaining nations in the P5+1 and Iran, a bipartisan group of American diplomats, legislators, policymakers and experts have issued a public statement endorsing U.S. policy towards the negotiations. The statement, issued by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was signed by a wide range of well-respected leaders in the field, including David Patreaus, Howard Berman, Joe Lieberman, Dennis Ross, Steve Hadley Bob Einhorn, Gary Samore, and David Makovsky.
Today marks a historic victory for marriage equality and we at NJDC greatly celebrate this Supreme Court decision. In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal bans to same-sex marriage, confirming that the 14th Amendment requires states to license and recognize marriage between two people of the same sex. We rejoice in this historic day, and reflect on the significant place human rights has in our Jewish values.
We're kvelling today as the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold King v. Burwell, leaving the Affordable Care Act unchanged. In a vote 6-3, the Court overall ruled in favor of the Obama administration and millions of Americans who are no longer in danger of losing financial assistance for their healthcare coverage.
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal is the latest hopeful to join the large crowd of 2016 Republican pool. Unfortunately, his heavily evangelical-influenced policies that come dangerously close to discarding the separation of church and state go strongly against the values of American Jewish voters.