January 6, 2017
Swearing in of New Members
JAC was thrilled to be invited to the swearing in receptions of the new Members of Congress. Our JAC friends were excited to begin their responsibilities, even though they know that they will have a tough fight ahead to protect the issues we care about.

We also saw old friends like Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Reps. Lois Frankel (FL-22), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). 

JAC members welcomed new Representative Jacky Rosen (NV-3) to Congress. (l-r: Lisa Lavin, Marcia Balonick, Sarah Lavin,
Betsy Sheerr, Jacki Parmacek, Jacky Rosen, Hollis Wein,
Ann Lewis, Linda Sher)

JAC members with long-time JAC friends Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at the Capitol. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Lisa Lavin, Betsy Sheerr, Sarah Lavin, Jacki Parmacek, Patty Murray, Elizabeth Warren, Jill Borak)

JAC members welcomed new Representative Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) to Congress. (l to r: Jacki Parmacek, Hollis Wein,
Marcia Balonick, Josh Gottheirmer, Betsy Sheerr, Linda Sher,
Sarah Lavin) 
Tell them to:
(Hearings begin on Tues.)
  • Voted against reproductive rights
  • Voted for 20-week abortion ban
  • Voted for defunding Planned Parenthood
  • Said grabbing a woman inappropriately is not sexual assault
  • Joked the KKK was really okay
  • Blocked by the GOP-led Senate from a federal judgeship for being too racist

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Israel & the Middle East
US House Resolution Repudiates UN Resolution on Israel 
Approved with vote of 342-80, House Resolution 11 calls Security Council's anti-settlements measure a 'one-sided' obstacle to peace. 
UN Resolution Blasts Settlements, Not Israel 
In fact the resolution didn't say much that hasn't been said countless times before. It condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank - "including East Jerusalem" - as illegal "under international law" and "a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace."
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Blaming Obama Doesn't Further Mid-East Peace 
What did Secretary of State John Kerry say that caused former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren to say that U.S. policy toward Israeli has become "sad, tragic and dangerous?" Nothing that successive American administrations, Democratic and Republican alike, have not said before. 
Antisemitism + BDS
Hamas Invited to Speak at Racist MLK Day March in MT 
So what began as a hateful (yet perfectly legal) march against Jews in Whitefish, Montana has now been expanded, apparently, to involve a demonstration against African Americans, too. The group's leader has also promised that "a representative of Hamas will be in attendance, and will give a speech about the international threat of the Jews."   
Reproductive Rights
The Year Ahead in Attacks on Reproductive Freedom 
Donald Trump's presidential election victory has energized the anti-abortion-rights movement both at the national level, where many leaders endorsed Trump in exchange for his explicit promises to support their policy agenda, and at the state level, where lawmakers are already citing Trump's future Supreme Court picks as they attempt to push the bounds of Roe v. Wade with more and more extreme laws.

2016 Brought Protections & Attacks on Reproductive Rights 
While state legislators pushed through 20-week abortion bans and restrictions against fetal-tissue research in some states, there was progress on measures related to contraceptive access in places such as California, Illinois, and Vermont.
Separation of Religion & State
Judge: 'Religious Freedom' Allows Refusal to Treat Patients 
In the waning hours of 2016, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor unleashed a bizarre ruling that fundamentally alters the balance between medical treatment and religious freedom in the United States. O'Connor's decision blocked a critical regulation enacted pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, which forbade doctors from discriminating against transgender patients or women who've previously had abortions.
Beyond the Core
Schumer Prepared to Hold SCOTUS Seat Open 
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to block President-elect Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee if he or she is not in the "mainstream."
Fewer Americans Acquiring Guns Without Background Check 
The share of Americans obtaining a gun without first undergoing a background check is dramatically lower than previous estimates, researchers have determined. The finding reshapes one of the most prominent assumptions of the U.S. gun debate.
Political Byte
7 Rising Democratic Stars 
The Democratic caucus is full of young, ambitious lawmakers who want to move up, and as minority leader, Pelosi has added several new positions to bring more members into the fold. 
War on Women 
Republicans like to claim that the party's "war on women" is a political hatchet job by Democrats, yet the GOP keeps providing evidence that it's real. The latest is the rather chilling report that Donald Trump's transition team has asked the State Department to provide all information regarding gender-related "staffing, programming and funding." 
GOP Aims to Rein in Liberal Cities 
After consolidating power in Washington, D.C., and state capitals under President-elect Donald Trump, Republicans are moving to prevent large cities dominated by Democrats from enacting sweeping liberal agendas.
Congress More Religiously Diverse, But Not Less Christian  
The number of Buddhists, Hindus and religiously undefined members of Congress is growing today, as the 115th Congress is sworn in. But while the number of religions represented is growing, the overall dominance of Christians remains virtually unchanged - as it has for decades.

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Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director

Dana Gordon, Membership & Outreach

Hollis Wein, Communications Director 

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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.
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