During the last few months, I’ve tried in vain to understand why the Democrats will not support an impeachment resolution against Bush or Cheney. I read hours and hours of news and facts, but it took a comment from a BuzzFlash reader to open my eyes, and what I saw almost left me speechless! It was a comment written in response to the article, “The Democrats Are Betraying The People Again! Hoyer Is A Wimp!” Through four (4) years of writing, I’ve been a staunch supporter of the people of Isreal, but have vetted my hatred for AIPAC and Zionism, so no one can accuse me of being anti-Semite for reproducing this comment, because it’s nothing but the facts:
#1 This might help explain some things:
Jewish News Weekly
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Friday November 10, 2006
New House leadership may breathe life into Jewish domestic concerns
by matthew e. berger
Washington | New faces in the congressional leadership may mean new opportunities for American Jewish groups seeking legislative solutions to many of its own concerns and those of the broader community. . .
Still, Jewish lobbyists in Washington expressed some optimism that they would be able to advance issues as diverse as raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration policy and finding a solution to the crisis in Darfur.
They also expressed confidence in the relations they have established with many of the incoming House Democratic leaders, especially the likely next speaker of the House, :-) Rep. NANCY PELOSI :-) (D-San Francisco).
Jewish groups have also established strong ties with :-) Rep. Steny Hoyer :-) :-)(D-Md.), the frontrunner for majority leader, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a Jewish lawmaker who led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and is now considered a shoo-in for a leadership position.
Hoyer is close to Howard Friedman, the Baltimore-based president of the :-) American Israel Public Affairs Committee :-) :-) and is considered one of Israel’s BEST and MOST INFLUENTIAL FRIENDS on Capitol Hill.
Hoyer makes it a point to educate freshmen lawmakers about Israel issues and he has led delegations to the Jewish state multiple times. He prides himself on making Israel a bipartisan issue, vetting proposed legislation with his GOP counterpart, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri.
There are, however, some likely incoming committee chairmen who spark concern on certain issues, primarily because of their opposition to Israel’s settlement policy. At the same time, these lawmakers often see eye-to-eye with the Jewish communal agenda on domestic issues.
These include Rep. :-) John Conyers (D-Mich.) :-) :-), the likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. David Obey, the likely incoming chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
In general, said Richard Foltin, legislative director of the American Jewish Committee, “Among the new leaders, there will be people we have a longstanding relationship with and others we will have to build it with.”
William Daroff, vice president for public policy at United Jewish Communities, the umbrella of the North American federation system, said of Conyers: “He’s always had an open ear to the concerns of the Jewish community, particularly as it relates to its domestic agenda.”
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