Legislative Round-Up - April 24, 2020

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

  1. Bills, Resolutions, and Letters
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(CONGRATS TURKEY ON NATIONAL DAY) H. Res. 931: Introduced 4/21 by Cohen (D-TN) and Foxx (R-NC), “Congratulating the people of the Republic of Turkey and Turkish Americans nationwide on Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


(IMPOSE TARIFFS ON RUSSIA & KSA) Inhofe letter to Ross: On 4/20, Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross noting that his concern “about the continued flooding of oil by Russia and Saudi Arabia” and urging him “to take further action and utilize your existing authorities, including your national security related Section 232 authorities, to place tariffs on imported oil from Saudi Arabia and Russia, to punish them for their destructive behavior.” Press release is here.

(DEPLOY IRON DOME) Wilson-Meng letter to Esper: On 4/17, Reps. Wilson (R-SC) and Meng (D-NY) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Esper urging DoD to deploy the first two batteries of Iron Dome to protect Americans overseas (the letter does not specify where but focuses on attacks against US personnel in Iraq). The letter notes: “It is our understanding that the Army signed a contract for Iron Dome with the Government of Israel, and the Iron Dome system continues to prove itself against salvos and more advanced threats. It is also our understanding that Iron Dome has proven its ability to rapidly integrate with U.S. systems given the recent successful Marine Corps test. This establishes confidence in a viable path forward with Iron Dome. We cannot wait for additional batteries or new and unproven capabilities; we do not have the luxury of time.” Press release is here.

2. Hearings

As of this writing there are no hearings on the schedule in either the House or Senate.

3. On the Record

Murphy (D-CT) 4/23: Twitter thread on Trump’s Iran policy & news of new Iranian satellite

Luria (D-VA) 4/22:  Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Statement on President Trump’s Orders-Via-Tweet to U.S. Navy

Schakowsky (D-IL) 4/21: Schakowsky Statement on the Formation of a Unity Government in Israel

Lowenthal (D-CA) 4/20: Tweet – “The US Congress spoke clearly when we passed H. Res. 326. We oppose unilateral annexation of any West Bank territory as an unacceptable threat to peace and security. Only a two state solution can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Cramer (R-ND) 4/20: Sen. Cramer Statement on Crude Oil Prices Trading at a Negative as Saudi Tankers Head Toward the US

Congress-related news with an Israel/Mideast Angle

Jewish Insider 4/23: Hosting Linda Sarsour, Engel challenger rails against congressman’s ‘uncritical’ support of Israel

Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) 4/23: Pro-Israel groups take on libertarian Republican Rep. Thomas Massie over voting record

Beitbart 4/19 (Joel Pollack): Trump Rips Democrats for ‘Strong Anti-Israel Bent in Congress’ [w/ Trump weaponizing slurs against Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Omar (D-MN); article is illustrated with a photo of Omar and Tlaib (D-MI)]

Algemeiner 4/17 (Steven Emerson): Congresswomen to Speak at Anti-Israel Group’s ‘Online Gala’ [trashing Reps. Dingell (D-MI) and Lee (D-CA) for appearing at an online event held by American Muslims for Palestine]