What's New at Government Affairs?
Schneider, Gilad update Jewish leaders on Israel
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Roey Gilad, Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, hosted a roundtable discussion with local and national leaders of the Jewish community to discuss Schneider's recent trip to Israel -- his second since taking office in January... Click here to read more.
Illinois Reps Urge EU to Extend Hezbollah's Blacklisting
A bipartisan group of 49 U.S. Reps -- including Peter Roskam, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider -- have urged the European Union to extend its blacklisting of Hezbollah's military wing to the entire organization.
Schneider Authors Letter to Turkey on Anti-Semitism
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider was one of the leaders, all of them members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, behind a bipartisan letter calling on Turkey's president to condemn anti-Semitic statements by other Turkish officials.
Samantha Power Confirmed as UN Ambassador
Despite early expectations of strong opposition, including some from Jewish groups, Samantha Power's nomination as U.N. ambassador was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 87-10.
U.S. House OKs Still Stiffer Iran Sanctions
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved further tightening of economic sanctions intended to curb Iran's nuclear zeal... Click here to read more.
Kirk helps launch international campaign on Iranian human rights violations
On the eve of Iranian elections, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Canadian MP Irwin Cotler have launched a new initiative to focus world attention on human rights violations in Iran... Click here to read more.
Senate committee OKs increase in non-profit security
Funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which helps provide security features for at-risk non-profit facilities, was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, 21-9, as part of the fiscal 2014 Homeland Security spending measure, HR 2217... Click here to read more.
Israel anti-missile bill introduced in Congress
A bipartisan bill authorizing funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, and development assistance for the David's Sling, Arrow and Arrow 3 systems, has been introduced in Congress by Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam and Florida Rep. Ted Deutch... Click here to read more.
Kirk Disability Funding Amednment Approved By Committee
A Senate committee approved a Mark Kirk-sponsored amendment that would give schools an extra $115 for each student with a disability. Locally, the measure would benefit students at the JCFS Therapeutic Day School and Keshet, among many others.
Penny Pritzker New Secretary of Commerce
President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Chicago business and civic leader and Jewish philanthropist Penny Pritzker, was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate.
Durbin, Kirk played key roles on immigration bill
To read more about the JUF's State Government Affairs, read Suzanne Strassberger's blog, which can be found here.
New Members of Congress
The 2012 election on November 6 swept in six new representatives for Illinois. You can see their biographies linked below:
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- Orchestrate and present legislative initiatives on behalf of vulnerable populations in Chicago;
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