March 12, 2021
What's On Our Mind ...
The Filibuster, COVID relief, and Civil Rights

Yesterday President Biden delivered on his promise to help the American people with an historic Covid relief package. Among other things, the package will cut the rate of child poverty in half and provide $14 billion for vaccine distribution. He could not have done this without JAC-supported candidates in Congress.

But it almost did not happen because of the Senate’s filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to pass a bill. This archaic rule is used to delay a vote on a bill and obstruct the passage of legislation.

The GOP has only one goal in mind: preventing President Biden’s legislative agenda. There is strong pressure to abolish the filibuster, but it would require the support of every member of the Senate Democratic caucus.

During JAC’s discussion this week with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), he suggested another way to deal with the filibuster problem. He said once again Senators should be required to literally speak on the Senate floor until there is a vote to end debate and take a vote on the proposed bill.

To filibuster or not? What do you think? Let us now at

Upcoming Events

Special Event for Current Members Only
Discussion on Antisemitism with
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism
Monday, March 22
5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm PT
Special Event for Current Members Only
Conversation with JAC Member & Superhero
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Senior Chief Deputy Whip, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Tuesday, April 6
5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm PT
Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra

Time and Date TBD
Instagram of the Week
March 10, 2021 - On this Women’s History Wednesday, we are honoring Stacey Abrams. Stacey inspired millions of people during the 2020 election to fight for voting rights and her efforts were integral in the increased voter turnout in her home state of Georgia that flipped the White House and the Senate blue. As Republicans across the U.S. continue to chip away at our voting rights, we need more women like Stacey to stand up and fight for our democracy. #WomensHistoryMonth #EmpoweringWomen #StaceyAbrams

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The Last Word
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— Rep Tom Malinowski (D-NJ)
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