Legislative Round-Up: April 8, 2022

 Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Are House Democrats Really Rallying Against an Iran Nuclear Deal?
3. Ritchie Torres & a Lesson About Who can say What on the Hill
4. Hearings
5. On the Record

New this week:

  • The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and the Middle East Institute (MEI) are proud to present our 2022 Congressional briefing series: Israel & Palestine – Hot Topics in Congress (also here). This 8-part series was co-convened and co-moderated by MEI’s Khaled Elgindy and FMEP’s Lara Friedman, and featured an array of Palestinian and Israeli voices, weighing in on some of the most pressing and timely Israel/Palestine-related topics in Congress. This series was held virtually, in the form of weekly webinars held February 11-April 1, 2022. Participation in these webinars was open exclusively to members of Congress and Congressional staff. However, given the importance — both of the issues dealt with in this series and of the expertise featured on each panel — we decided to make the full series available to the public. Also, check out MEI’s Middle East Focus podcast’s episode discussing the briefing series with Khaled and Lara.

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(TARGETING US EMPLOYEES OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL) S. 3999 (pdf): Introduced 4/5/22 by Scott (R-FL) and Braun (R-IN), “A bill to prohibit Amnesty International and its employees from receiving financial assistance from the United States Government.” Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Also see:

  • Scott/Braun press release is here; Scott (R-FL) announcing the bill on Twitter – “.@amnesty perpetuates anti-Semitic propaganda & refuses to hold genocidal regimes accountable. My bill will cut this sham of a ‘human rights’ organization off from federal funding & make clear the U.S. won’t support the radical left’s anti-Israel agenda.
  • Media reports: Scott, Braun seek to block federal funding for Amnesty (Jewish Insider)
  • IMPORTANT:  This bill — which is almost certainly unconstitutional — is an effort to legislate sanctions on the world’s most important human rights org as punishment for the sin of reporting factually on the situation in Israel/Palestine & holding Israel to the same standard (international law) as the rest of the world. Whether you agree or disagree with this effort, it is critical to note that Amnesty International, as an organization, doesn’t get any U.S. funding. Scott and Braun’s bill gets around this problem by targeting Amnesty’s US employees, rather than targeting Amnesty itself (notwithstanding the fact that they still present the bill as targeting the organization). As such, this bill is a template for members of Congress with literally any ideologically-motivated axe to grind to target the employees of literally any companies/businesses/orgs they hate.  
  • Amnesty Int’l responds: “Amnesty is no stranger to being targeted for its work. Our calls to action to ensure human rights for all have forced us to close our offices in India and Hong Kong. The Russian government recently blocked access to the internet at our Moscow office.  Our director and Board chair in Turkey were arrested and detained for months on absurd charges. And each day our colleagues and activists face harassment.  This week marked another remarkable chapter in Amnesty’s history when Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a bill designed to deny federal financial support for our organization. If Senator Scott had spoken with some of our 10 million supporters in the US and around the world, he would know that we will not be intimidated by authoritarian tactics. Our findings are based on evidence and solid research, and the US government has relied on and lifted up our research for decades.  These actions represent an attempt to distract from and discredit Amnesty’s research upon which we base our calls to action…

(BLOCKING DE-LISTING OF IRGC AS FTO) HR 7354: Introduced 4/1/22 by Perry (R-PA) and having 4 Republican cosponsors, “To limit the revocation and rescission of the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and for other purposes”. Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  Also see: Republicans Want To Bar Biden Admin From Lifting Sanctions on Iran-Sponsored Terrorists (Free Beacon 4/4/22); Tweets – Mast (R-FL-18), Mast (R-FL-18)

(TARGETING IRAN AT IMF/EX-IM) HR 7402: Introduced 4/5/22 by Huizenga (R-MI), “To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by a United States financial institution in connection with Iran, to prevent the International Monetary Fund from providing financial assistance to Iran, to codify prohibitions on Export-Import Bank financing for the government of Iran, and for other purposes.”  Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

(DON’T LIFT IRAN SANCTIONS, SUPPORT US ENERGY PRODUCTION!) H. Res. 1020: Introduced 4/1/22 by Palmer (R-AL) and 78 all-Republican co-sponsors, “Condemning the Biden administration’s plans for seeking to remove sanctions on the oppressive Maduro regime and negotiating with Iran in response to the crisis in Ukraine, and instead calling for Congress and the administration to support the production of American energy.” Referred to the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Palmer press release is here.

(NO WEAPONS TO *SOME* HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS) HR 7367 (pdf): As previewed in last week’s Round-Up (before the bill was officially intro’d), on 4/1, Rep. Jacobs (D-CA) introduced HR 7367, “To amend the Arms Export Control Act to provide for better monitoring and verification of the use of defense articles and defense services by countries of concern, and for other purposes.” Referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Rules. As noted last week, this is the House companion to S.3558, which was introduced 2/2/22 by Murray (D-WA), one day after Amnesty International released its blockbuster report concluding that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid. Now, two months later, my comment on S. 3558 (in the 2/4/22 edition of the Round-Up), applies equally to this House version, with respect to anyone thinking that this bill might actually mean some kind of concern over/focus on/accountability for Israeli violations of the rights of Palestinians: what are you smoking and are you going to share it with the rest of us? Because these bills, of course, explicitly exempt weapons exports to Israel, along with those to NATO and NATO members, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, and New Zealand, from this new oversight requirement. Also see: Jacobs’ press release



(ARM ISRAEL TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAN) Cotton et al letter to Biden: On 4/7/22, Sen. Cotton (R-AR) led a letter to President Biden, co-signed by 10 Senate Republican colleagues, urging him to “ provide Israel with the military capabilities it needs to defend itself and prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear-weapons capability.” The letter goes on to argue: “since the purchase has already been approved, your administration must  expedite the delivery of KC-46A aerial refueling tankers to Israel as rapidly as possible without interrupting deliveries to our own Air Force. Accelerating delivery of tactical aircraft like the F-35I and F-15I and helicopters like the CH-53K would continue to bolster Israel’s ability to defend itself. While providing improved tactical aircraft is vital, your administration must also ensure that Israel retains adequate stockpiles of U.S.-made precision guided munitions. Finally, you must ensure that Israel possesses robust, multi-layered air defenses to mitigate attacks by Iran and its proxies, to include continued support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow systems. Cotton press release is here. Also see Tweets/statements: Risch (R-ID), Risch (R-ID) [as a reminder, the Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress last month, and signed by President Biden, provided nearly $5 BILLION in military aid for Israel]

(FREE & FAIR LEBANESE ELEX) Meeks et al letter to Blinken: On 4/6/22, House Foreign Affairs Committee Meeks (D-NY) led a bipartisan group of totally 24 members in a letter to SecState Blinken urging the Biden Administration to continue to “call upon and work with Lebanese officials to ensure that parliamentary elections scheduled for May 15, 2022, are carried out on time, transparently and free of corruption.” Press release is here. Tweets – Meeks (D-NY-5), Cicilline (D-RI-1), Deutch (D-FL-22), Meeks (D-NY-5)

(US OUT OF UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL) Lankford et al letter to Blinken: On 4/1/22, Sens. Lankford (R-OK), Cruz (R-TX), Cotton (R-AR) and Hagerty (R-TN) sent a letter so SecState Blinken urging him “again to instruct the Department of State to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).” The letter contends that “With the Council’s 49th session underway—and no indication that the UNHRC will eliminate its unprecedented permanent Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Israel-Palestinian conflict—it is imperative that the United States ends its membership on the Council immediately.” It goes on to argue that, “it is evident that your decision to re-join the Council without first securing a commitment to reform it was naïve and misguided. American participation has done little to halt the Council’s relentless demonization of Israel. With the COI backed by a 24-nation majority on the Council, it is evident to any clear-eyed observer that attempting to reform the Council from within is wishful thinking at best and dangerous at worst. The United States should not legitimize this sweeping, open-ended probe of Israel’s conduct by remaining on the Council.” Also see Lankford press release.


2. Are House Democrats Really Rallying Against an Iran Nuclear Deal?

This week, with a great deal of fanfare, some House Democrats – led by Reps. Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Luria (D-VA) came out publicly to express their “concerns” about ongoing US negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Did this episode indicate deep concern/opposition among House Democrats to the Biden Administration’s efforts to secure a new deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program? An examination of how this whole drama went down suggests, in fact, the opposite conclusion.

Act 1: Promoting the Big Press Conference!

  • Tweet from Jewish Insider’s Marc Rod 4/5/22: “NEW: 15 Democrats to hold a press conference tomorrow morning raising concerns about the Iran Deal. Several of the scheduled speakers have yet to express concerns publicly, growing the list of House Dems opposing the deal.”
  • Message Reps. Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Luria (D-VA) circulated to fellow Democrats (pic): Please join Reps. Gottheimer and Luria in bringing attention to the dangerous concessions the Biden Administration is reported to be making to Iran. There are several critical issues that remain on the table — including the potential lifting of the IRGC FTO designation and of sanctions placed on the Supreme Leader. Without adequately addressing Iran’s role as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror — which was noticeably absent from the 2015 JCPOA — and simultaneously providing billions in sanctions relief, the United States would be providing a clear path for Iranian proxies to continue terrorism.
  • Tweet from AIPAC 4/6/22: “NOW: Democratic House members hold press conference to discuss their concerns about the Iran nuclear talks.

Act 2: The Press Conference is a Flop (only 5 members show up).

  • Video of 4/6 press conference on Gottheimer’s FB page, with just Gottheimer (D-NJ), Luria (D-VA),  Norcross (D-NJ), Vargas (D-CA), and Phillips (D-MN)
  • Tweet from Jewish Insider’s Marc Rod: “Good morning from the Dems’ Iran presser, where there’s a number of members missing but organizers say they’ll be issuing statements later.
  • Tweet from Joel Rubin (ex-State Dept, etc): “5 House Democrats showed up to attack @POTUS’s attempts to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. That’s 5 out of 222, or, just over 2% of the House Dem caucus. Just 2%! Turns out that opposing nuclear diplomacy isn’t just bad policy. It’s bad politics.
  • Tweet from J St’s Dylan Williams: There were supposed to be 15+ Members at this event but only five showed up Anyone who’s worked on the Hill knows that Members make time to show up for what’s important to them This paltry showing means much-vaunted Democratic opposition to Iran deal restoration is just hot air”

Act 3:  Trying to Spin the Flop as a Success!

  • Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 04/06/2022: Twitter thread – “Today, I joined a strong group of Democratic Members of Congress to raise concerns about the looming Iran deal. We must not lift the FTO designation off the IRGC, remove sanctions on Iran, or let Russia hijack the negotiations. Link to image We should not cave to demands from Iran — the leading state-sponsor of terror and a dictatorial government. Concerns were shared by: @RepElaineLuria @DonaldNorcross @RepJuanVargas @RepDeanPhillips @RepTomSuozzi @RepBrendanBoyle @RepShontelBrown @RepJimCosta @RepValDemings @RepLoisFrankel @RepGolden @RepGonzalez @RepSusieLee @RepKManning @RepGraceMeng @RepDarrenSoto @RepHaleyStevens”
  • Gottheimer press release post-press conference 4/6/22: JOINT RELEASE: 18 Democrats Raise Concerns About Looming Iran Deal (tweeted by AIPAC).

Act 4:  But Your Own Press Release Doesn’t Back Up that Narrative

According to the opening paragraph of Gottheimer’s press release celebrating the press conference: “Today, April 6, 2022, eighteen Democratic Members of Congress joined together to raise critical concerns about the looming Iran deal.”

The first problem with this statement is the fact that (as noted above) only 5 members of Congress showed up for the press conference associated with this press release – a number that actually looks even worse now that Gottheimer is talking about a joint effort of 18 members (as opposed to 15, as referenced in the earlier reports).

The second problem is that the actual quotes included in the press release —  including from members who didn’t show up to the press conference — suggest that not all the listed members are “concerned” in the way, or with the same degree of negativity, as suggested by Gottheimer. For example, see:

  • Rep. Brown (D-OH): “I have long hoped that negotiations with Iran would result in a longer and stronger agreement. I look forward to closely reviewing any announced deal to determine whether it will make the U.S. safer, improve stability in the region, and strengthen the security of our longtime ally Israel.
  • Rep. DeSoto (D-FL):  “Congress must stand united in ensuring that we impose strict nuclear restrictions on Iran. As the Biden Administration continues negotiations to achieve an agreement, we hope they will take Iran’s role as one of the world’s leading state-sponsors of terror into consideration. I am hopeful that our concerns will be addressed, and the safety of our international community will take priority.
  • Rep. Gonzalez (D-TX): Iran continues to pose a threat to the stability and security of the Middle East. The United States must do everything in its power to limit the regime’s ability to acquire or develop dangerous nuclear weapons and prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.”
  • Rep. Demings (D-FL): “As a 27-year law enforcement officer and chief of police, I know a habitual offender when I see one. Iran’s corrupt leaders are habitual offenders, sponsors of terror, and a threat to U.S. national security, Israel, and stability around the world.  I continue to support all efforts to destroy the Iranian government’s terror networks, break up their ballistic missile program, disrupt their meddling in Latin America, and gut their nuclear program.
  • Rep. Costa (D-CA): “As a member of Congress, I have a responsibility to ensure that Iran in this instance is prevented from developing nuclear weapons with the capability to deliver them. My top priority here is to ensure peace and prosperity in the region, especially for our critical partner Israel. Iran has done very little to indicate they’re a serious, trustworthy partner in pursuit of this goal. I echo the administration’s call that nothing is final until everything is final, and I’ll be observing closely as the critical components of this deal are negotiated.

Act 5:  The Press Reports (and in some cases, spins) the Story

Times of Israel 4/7/22: A handful of Democrats raise qualms over Iran nuke deal, as odds of revival shrink

Jewish Insider: 4/7/22: House Democrats voice concerns about Iran talks

The Hill 4/6/22: House Democrats sound alarm on potential Iran nuclear deal


3. Ritchie Torres & A Lesson About Who can say What on the Hill

This week AIPAC darling Rep. Ritche Torres (D-NY) appeared on an AIPAC forum to speak about “Concerns About a Dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal.” During that forum, Torres offered what is, objectively, a rather remarkable statement for a US lawmaker, commenting that when it comes to an Iran nuclear deal:

“I try to approach the issue not from the perspective of an American, but from the perspective of an Israeli.”

When called out by J Street’s Dylan Williams (“Shouldn’t a US lawmaker approach it from the perspective of US interests?”) Torres shot back with a tweet that appeared to in effect accuse Williams of antisemitism:

“You are taking what I said out of context and reframing empathy for a US ally as though it were a form of ‘dual loyalty.’ The fact that I might hold an opinion that differs from yours does not mean I care about America any less than you do. Your tweet is a cheap shot.”

Some people will no doubt rally around Torres’ outrage and the righteousness of his empathy for Israel. Such people will also no doubt be un-bothered by a non-Jewish member of Congress implicitly accusing a Jewish commentator of antisemitism for challenging that non-Jewish members’ statement of support for Israel (others find this accusation outrageous and have challenged it – for example see Zak Witus’s tweet  Question for @RitchieTorres: Is @AIPAC endorsing congressional reps who tried to overturn the 2020 election: (a) a good thing (b) a bad thing, or (c) my question perpetuates the antisemitic trope of dual loyalty b/c it suggests that AIPAC values Israel more than US democracy.”) And, of course, AIPAC moved quickly to deflect focus from Torres’ original words, by accusing J Street of being more critical of Torres than of terrorists”.

But regardless of how one feels about this specific exchange, it is a great opportunity for a thought experiment about who is allowed to say what on the Hill. Let’s consider 3 comparable scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: In the context of taking a position with respect to Iran sanctions that directly impact the lives of Iranian civilians, a member of Congress says that (as a matter of empathy for fellow human beings): “I try to approach the issue not from the perspective of an American, but from the perspective of an Iranian.” Just sit back for a moment and try to imagine the outraged responses.
  • Scenario 2: In the context of taking a position with respect to the provision of US  weapons to Israel, a member of Congress says that (as a matter of empathy for fellow human beings): “I try to approach the issue not from the perspective of an American, but from the perspective of a Palestinian.” Again, it doesn’t take much imagination to know how that would turn out.
  • Scenario 3: In the context of a disagreement over an Iran nuclear deal, imagine what would happen if Congressperson X (a supporter of Iran diplomacy and a deal) said that the position of Congressperson Y (an opponent of Iran diplomacy and a deal) reflected the fact that Congressperson Y “tries to approach the issue not from the perspective of an American, but from the perspective of an Israeli.” [i.e., exactly what Torres said about himself].  In such a case — and irrespective of any context/explanation that might be provided to back up such a statement — it is a solid bet that Torres and AIPAC would be at the front of the line accusing Congressperson X of brazen antisemitism (for suggesting dual loyalty), and insisting that Congressperson Y’s support for Israel was wholly a reflection of US interests, the will of his/her constituents, shared values, etc…

Media coverage:

Jewish News Syndicate 4/7/22: Congressman defends against J Street’s accusation of ‘dual loyalty’

Jewish Journal 4/6/22: Ritchie Torres, J Street Spar Over Iran Deal

From the archives – Jewish Insider 6/26/20:     How Ritchie Torres built a fan base in the Jewish community

Jewish Currents 10/18/21: ​​Ritchie Torres Is the Future of “Pro-Israel” Politics


4. Hearings

April 28, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a CLOSED briefing, HFAC Members Briefing on U.S. Security Assistance and Related Matters”. No further information is available as of this writing.

April 27, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing, “The State Department’s Foreign Policy Priorities and the FY23 Budget Request.” No further information is available as of this writing.


5. On the Record

 Media (general)

Washington Examiner 4/6/22: House Republicans aim to force vote to thwart Iran nuclear deal

Jewish Insider 4/6/22: Manchin says he’s ‘very leery’ of Iran talks

The Forward 4/3/22: Chabad hosts Congress for bipartisan conference celebrating Judaism and the Lubavitcher Rebbe [“Over the years, Chabad rabbis interacted regularly with public officials and advocated for educational issues, communal development and support for Israel.”]

Media & Members on the Record (Elex/Endorsements)

Jewish Telegraphic Agency 4/7/22: This Michigan primary battle is a bellwether of American Jewish politics

Jewish Insider 4/7/22: Mark Walker is keeping the faith in North Carolina [“‘I’m pretty set on my perspective,’ Walker insists. ‘To say that there’s as much wrong on the Israeli side as the Palestinian side, well that’s a slippery slope. That sounds like a good political talking point but it’s not factual.’”]

Levin (D-MI-9) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @HalieSoifer – “Reality check for any Jewish organization that thinks opposing insurrectionists & those who refused to certify the 2020 election is outside the “pro-Israel mainstream” You’re 100% out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Jewish American voters who support {Israel + US flag} democracy.”

Maloney (D-NY-12) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @USJewishDems – “2022 ENDORSEMENT ALERT Rep. @CarolynBMaloney is an unwavering ally to Jewish Americans. She is a true leader in the fight against rising antisemitism and support for Israel’s security & right to self-defense. Rep. Maloney shares our values & we’re proud to endorse her. Link to image

The Algemeiner 4/6/22: ADL Warns Against ‘Incendiary’ Anti-Israel Stances of Some Left-Wing Candidates in 2022 US Elections

Anti-Defamation League 4/5/22: Some 2022 Left-Wing Candidates Espouse Troubling Rhetoric on Israel

The Forward 4/5/22: Democratic members of Congress will gather to denounce Iran deal under negotiation

Jewish News Syndicate 4/5/22: ​​Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens: Can’t be silent when Israel’s being singled out

Jewish Insider 4/6/22: Summer Lee pushes back against charges that she’s anti-Israel [“In a wide-ranging and occasionally tense discussion with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council on Monday evening, Summer Lee, a progressive state legislator and leading Democratic primary candidate in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, publicly clarified her views on a host of Middle East foreign policy issues for the first time since launching her campaign.”]

Jewish Insider 4/5/22: Is Mark Brnovich conservative enough for Arizona? [“…Describing himself as an ‘unabashed supporter of Israel’ for his ‘entire life,’ Brnovich said he is ‘wholeheartedly’ in favor of continued U.S. security funding as well as supplemental assistance for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system. Israel, he said, ‘is literally at the tip of the spear, and so anything that we do to help Israel helps the United States.’…While he has no professional experience in the foreign policy realm, Brnovich touted his legal efforts to counter the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.”]

Jewish Insider 4/5/22: Detroit’s Janice Winfrey hopes to oust Rashida Tlaib [“…Winfrey elaborated on her stance in a position paper provided to JI. ‘We must have confidence in Israel’s ability to determine what is best for her own security and well-being,’ Winfrey said. ‘While I support the U.S. conducting Middle East peace talks, the United States should not infringe upon Israel’s sovereign right to pursue peace accords best aligned with her national interests. The United States has a role to facilitate in peace talks, but not dictate them.’ In her paper, Winfrey condemned the United Nations and International Criminal Court, as well as the BDS movement, for ‘efforts… intended to weaken and delegitimize the Jewish State’ and said they will ‘stop at nothing to compromise the shared Israeli-American values.’ Winfrey’s position paper also calls for ‘stronger oversight’ over U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority, ‘to ensure that these funds aren’t improperly used to incite anti-American hatred and condemnation of Israel’s right to exist.’…her baseline support for Israel has earned her friends among pro-Israel advocates in the Detroit area. Joshua Tobias — a director of the Ira Kaufman Chapel, the largest Jewish funeral home in the area, and a longtime friend of Winfrey and her husband — told JI he connected Winfrey with local AIPAC activists, including former AIPAC President David Victor, who organized a recent fundraiser. ‘From what I can tell, as soon as she met the folks at AIPAC they fell in love with her too and are really trying to help in any way they can,’ he said.”]

Jewish Insider 4/4/22: Steve Irwin is familiar with unfamiliar territory

Times of Israel 4/4/22: Texas Sen. Cruz endorses fellow pro-Trump conservative Mandel in Ohio primary

Newman (D-IL-3) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “I am honored to receive the endorsement of @JVPActionPAC. Together, we will continue working toward a more equitable world that protects human rights at home and abroad. Link to quoted tweet

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “Proud to be endorsed by @AIPAC! Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and our nation must continue to stand by them. I’m proud to work with AIPAC to secure the future of U.S.-Israel relations. Link to image

Garbarino (R-NY-2) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure speaking with Long Island @AIPAC leaders this weekend. I’m proud to stand in support of America’s friend and ally, Israel. Link to quoted tweet


Members on the Record


Solidarity with/Support for Israel After Terror Attack(s)

Stevens (D-MI-11) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Absolutely heartbroken. Praying for these innocent victims and their families. The terror must stop. Deadly shooting in central Tel Aviv: “A terrorist opened fire at short range”… | cbsnews.com

Tenney (R-NY-22) 04/07/2022: Twitter thread – “Yet another vile terrorist attack has been perpetrated against innocent Israeli civilians today. We grieve for the families impacted and keep the memories of those lost close to our hearts. The Israeli people should know that the United States stands with them. The recent attacks drive home the dangers posed by Iran-backed terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. The anti-Semitic regime in Iran is committed to Israel’s annihilation. Until Iran ceases its support for terrorist proxies, we must maintain pressure on the regime.

Titus (D-NV-1) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Since the March 22 terrorist attack in Bnei Brak, 13 individuals have been killed and countless others have been wounded in violence across Israel, including today in Tel Aviv. The U.S. stands with Israel and we must continue to strive for peace during these troubling times.

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Innocent Israeli citizens are being targeted with relentless terror attacks, including a terrorist today opening fire in Tel Aviv. Our hearts are heavy tonight and filled with tremendous love and support for our nation’s great ally, Israel, and her people.6 people shot in terror attack in Tel Aviv, Israel… | abcnews.go.com” Also on GETTR

Risch (R-ID) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “I’m appalled by yet another terrorist attack in #Israel – this time in #TelAviv. My thoughts are with all those impacted by this tragedy. This cycle of violence must end.

Salazar (R-FL-27) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Israelis are under constant threat from Iran-sponsored Hamas and Hezbollah. Yet the Biden Administration believes this is the perfect timing for a new Nuclear Deal? Unfathomable. Israel: Several wounded in gun attack in Tel Aviv… | google.com

Meijer (R-MI-3) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “The Hatikvah is an unbelievably beautiful anthem- swelling with sorrow, yet named ‘hope.’ A reminder that tragic beginnings need not be destiny, even if, in part, tragedy follows along the way to a brighter future. Hope. Link to quoted tweet

Portman (R-OH) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Grieved over yet another deadly terrorist attack in Israel tonight. Our hearts go out to the innocent victims and their families. The United States stands with Israel. Israeli medics say 6 critically wounded in Tel Aviv shooting… | apnews.com

Rice (D-NY-4) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Another tragic shooting in Tel Aviv. My thoughts are with the people of Israel as they face this continued rise in terror attacks. Today I am praying for the family and friends of the victims. Link to quoted tweet

Craig (D-MN-2) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “This is tragic. America stands with the people of Israel as they face yet another wave of terrorist attacks. My heart goes out to the victims of these attacks and the loved ones they’ve left behind. Shooting in Tel Aviv Leaves Two Dead, Others Seriously Injured… | wsj.com

Cuellar (D-TX-28) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Enough is enough. The attack in Tel Aviv today is terrorism- just as were the attacks over the last few weeks. Israelis should not have to worry about terrorism while enjoying dinner at a restaurant. We must stamp out anti-semitism and stand with our Israeli friends. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “At least 2 killed & up to 12 wounded in a terror attack in downtown Tel Aviv tonight. Since 3/22, terrorists have killed 5 in Bnei Brak. 2 policemen killed in Hadera. 4 killed and 2 wounded in Be’er Sheva. At this difficult time and always, America stands with Israel.

Fleischmann (R-TN-3) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Heartbroken and disgusted to hear about the shooting in Tel Aviv today. Since the end of March, Israel has bravely faced down multiple attacks by Islamic terrorists. We must, and will, defeat terrorism. Please pray for all innocents involved. 6 people shot in terror attack in Tel Aviv, Israel… | abcnews.go.com

Garbarino (R-NY-2) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Yet another heartbreaking and disgusting attack on Israel. My prayers are with the victims of this vile act. The United States must always stand with our friend and ally Israel against terrorism. Shooting in Tel Aviv Leaves Six People Seriously Injured… | wsj.com

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “My prayers are with Tel Aviv. At least 2 killed and several wounded in yet another terror attack in Israel. May their memory be a blessing. This comes after a series of attacks in one week last month killing 11 people. The U.S. must continue to stand strong with Israel.

Hoyer (D-MD-5) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “I am keeping Israel and the families of those killed in today’s shooting in Tel Aviv in my thoughts today and praying for the swift and full recovery of those injured. Israelis deserve to live in safety and security. Terror must and will be defeated. At least five wounded in Tel Aviv shooting, manhunt underway… | haaretz.com

Lee (D-NV-3) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “My heart goes out to the victims and to those impacted by this act of terror, and I’m praying for a full recovery for the wounded. We must all stand together against acts of hate-fueled violence. Link to quoted tweet

Mast (R-FL-18) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Another heartbreaking and unacceptable attack on Israel. The United States must stand in solidarity with our important ally and ensure they have the tools to protect themselves. Shooting in Tel Aviv Leaves Six People Seriously Injured… | wsj.com

McCaul (R-TX-10) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “LR @RepMcCaul: “Devastated by the horrible attack in Tel Aviv tonight. My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and the citizens of Israel amid this tragedy. I strongly condemn this violent attack.”

Allred (D-TX-32) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “This is fourth attack in Israel in just three weeks. I hope and pray that especially during Ramadan and with Passover coming up, more peaceful days are ahead. These terror attacks must end. Gunman Escapes After Killing 2 in Tel Aviv, in Latest Attack in Israel… | nytimes.com

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/08/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepDonBacon for standing with our ally Israel as it confronts terrorism. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “We condemn the terrorists and the murder they committed in Israel. This is one big reason why we stand by our ally. #StandWithIsrael

Deutch (D-FL-22) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Last week was heartbreaking for the people of Israel amid ongoing terror attacks. Read my @SunSentinel #SFL100 Here: Link to image

Crow (D-CO-6) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “I am deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims as the country grieves. Terror will never win. We must all denounce these attacks and stand with the people of Israel.

Moulton (D-MA-6) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “In a span of less than 2 weeks, multiple terrorist attacks have claimed 11 innocent lives in Israel. My deepest sympathies are with all of those affected by these senseless acts of violence. Link to image

Soto (D-FL-9) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “We mourn those lost in the Bnei Brak terrorist attack in Israel, including Officer Amir Khoury, hailed as a ‘hero of Israel’. Violence is not the answer. We must strive for long term peace in the region. Cop Amir Khoury, killed in Bnei Brak attack, hailed as ‘hero of Israel’ at funeral… | timesofisrael.com

Torres (D-NY-15) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “Following a terror attack murdering 11 Israelis, an activist calls for “Zionist” professors and students to be purged. How those Zionists are to be purged—she doesn’t say. But the context here is hard to ignore: “Globalize the Intifada” is a call to antisemitic violence. Link to quoted tweet

McClintock (R-CA-4) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “The recent surge of terrorism against Israel is yet another reminder that the forces of barbarity, brutality and backwardness are on the march. Those who stand against them deserve our material and moral support.


Targeting UN Human Rights Council over Israel

Scott (R-FL) 4/4/22: Sen. Rick Scott Slams UN Human Rights Council’s Hypocrisy and Anti-Israel Actions

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “I hope to see American leadership use its influence to defund the @UN_HRC Commission of Inquiry and turn its attention to the many pressing human rights crises around the world, including in Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Bipartisan group urge secretary of state to defund United Nations committee of inquiry on Israel – WRNJ Radio

Scott (R-FL) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “The @UN_HRC’s move to single out & stand against our great ally, Israel, is a sham & completely unacceptable. Joe Biden should make clear that if this council can’t be taken seriously as a true defender of human rights, the United States won’t take part. Sen. Rick Scott Slams UN Human Rights Council’s Hypocrisy and Anti-Israel Actions… | rickscott.senate.gov


Israel – Palestine (general)

Inhofe (R-OK) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Supporting peaceful coexistence in the Mideast means reinforcing the Abraham Accords — not rewarding Palestinian terrorism by resuming aid to the PA. I agree with @elliecohanim. When we stand with Israel, our partners join us and Israel’s enemies lose. Terror wave in Israel demands Biden administration end false equivalencies | Opinion

Rutherford (R-FL-4) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “I’m proud to cosponsor the Keeping Israel Safe from Iranian Proxies Act. This would prohibit Department of Defense funding from going directly or indirectly to Iran-backed entities, like Hamas and Hezbollah. We must always stand with Israel and our allies! Congress Wants to Expose How Sanctions Relief Will Empower Iranian Terrorist Groups… | freebeacon.com

Jackson (R-TX-13) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “#ICYMI: My new pro-Israel legislation would give us a critical tool to combat Iran’s plan to annihilate the Jewish State of Israel. More from @KAMRLocal4News: U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson Introduces Israel related bill… | bit.ly

Levin (D-MI-9) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @jstreettufts – “@Andy_Levin @jstreetu Thank you so much for speaking with us Rep. @Andy_Levin. We loved hearing about your journey through different activist movements and advice on how to create community within activist spaces!

Omar (D-MN-5) 04/04/2022: Retweet of @AdelyReporter – “The #PatersonNJ City Council voted to rename a stretch of Main Street to Palestine Way to honor the contributions of the local Palestinian-American community. Read about it here. ‘Palestine Way’: Paterson to recognize Palestinian community with street renaming… | northjersey.com

Scott (R-FL) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “I’m disgusted by Putin’s massacre of innocent children & families in Bucha & communities around Kyiv. @POTUS must help Ukraine win this war & lift his senseless hold on the transfer of planes to the Ukrainian Air Force TODAY. Sen. Rick Scott Slams UN Human Rights Council’s Hypocrisy and Anti-Israel Actions… | bit.ly

Scott (R-FL) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “It was great to meet with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. @AmbHerzog today. We discussed the importance of continuing to strengthen the special partnership between our nations. Israel is our great ally & will always have my unwavering support Link to image

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 04/03/2022: Twitter thread – “It was great to visit Solomon Schechter Day School to speak with students and educators about bridging divides, standing up to hate & antisemitism, supporting the the U.S.-Israel relationship, and working together to make progress & move our community forward. .@SSDSBergen thank you for having me! Rep. Josh Gottheimer visits Schechter students… | jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com

Khanna (D-CA-17) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @AliVelshi – “@Zaryk_vonderk @CNN @MSNBC @velshi Please google my name and Afghanistan, Uighur, Royhinga, Yemen, Palestine, Syrian. You’ find you are incorrect.

Levin (D-MI-9) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @jstreetu – “We’re having our Spring Forum in D.C. today! Last night, we heard from @SenWarren, @JoaquinCastrotx, and @RepJayapal. Today, we’re having an exclusive convo with @RepAndyLevin about his Two State Solution act and our advocacy for it in our #NoAidToOccupation campaign! Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @jstreetu – ““My approach is we have to treat antisemitism as a threat to the Jewish people. My approach is criticism of Israel is not a threat to the Jewish people.” Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “I loved meeting with @jstreetu students over the weekend! We talked about my Two State Solution Act, my student activism from way back in the day and more. I enjoy the special role I play in bringing together different generations in the pursuit of justice, peace and community. Link to image

Lesko (R-AZ-8) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “I joined @RepMariaSalazar’s resolution to hold those who bombed the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 17, 1992, accountable and bring them to justice! Acts of hatred must NEVER be tolerated. Rep. Salazar Leads 100+ Members In Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 30th Anniversary of Israeli Embassy Bombing in Argentina and Condemning Rising Anti-Semitism in Latin America… | salazar.house.gov

Lowenthal (D-CA-47) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “Proud to join with a group of my House colleagues in meeting with Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Esawi Frej. We had a fascinating and engaging discussion about Israel, human rights, the Abraham Accords, and the politics of the Middle East. Link to image

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Watch the video! Link to quoted tweet”  [Re: NSO/Pegasus]

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 04/01/22: blog post — Rep. Matt Gaetz and Vish Burra: How We Got Hunter Biden’s Laptop to the American People [“In the final segment, Rep. Gaetz discusses the Pegasus software, which was created by an Israeli firm and is now being used to target and harvest data on mobile phones. He condemns Israel, a nation that is supposed to be our greatest ally, for using the Pegasus software irresponsibly, by selling it to the FBI, Mexican drug cartels, and authoritarian governments and then also using it to spy on America. ‘Allies spy on allies. Sometimes more than they spy on enemies. Israel spies on the United States more than you might think. Of course, Israel is not an enemy, they are our friend. But the question remains: how many journalists, politicians, lobbyists – how many of them are impacted by this Pegasus software? Does it impact our foreign policy? Blackmail can be a very powerful tool,’ Rep. Gaetz concluded.”]

Ossoff (D-GA) 04/01/2022: press release – READOUT: Sen. Ossoff Meets with Member of Israeli Knesset Nir Barkat


Israel – Iran

Suozzi (D-NY-3) 04/06/2022: Twitter thread – “The most important point here is that Iran is a bad actor and cannot be trusted.  I am deeply concerned that any wrong move may wrongfully empower Iran, put Israel & the region at risk, and further heighten international tensions. (1/2) The prospects of the Iran deals remain uncertain… | jpost.com If any negotiations continue to move forward, we must ensure that Iran is blocked from purveying its malfeasance throughout the region and the world. (2/2)

Suozzi (D-NY-3) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepTomSuozzi for your leadership! Supercharging Iran’s war machine with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief would make the world more dangerous for America and our allies, especially Israel. Link to quoted tweet

McCaul (R-TX-10) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “House Republicans will not stand for a weak deal with Iran. Such a deal would make America, our ally Israel, and the world less safe. House Republicans seek to force a vote on ‘dangerous’ new Iran nuclear deal… | foxnews.com

Stefanik (R-NY-21) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Joe Biden’s deal with Iran benefits Putin. This would be DEVASTATING for the United States and our ally Israel. Biden’s nuclear deal adds ‘legitimacy’ to Iran’s activities, may provide Russia sanction relief: Diplomats… | foxnews.com

Roy (R-TX-21) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @IranIntl_En – “The Biden administration and the Democrats are doing everything to prop up Iran “in ways that undermine national security of US and Israel,” Republican congressman @chiproytx said Monday. Delisting IRGC ‘Asinine’ – Says Iran Nuclear Deal Critic | iranintl.com

Murphy (D-FL-7) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Iran threatens the U.S., our ally Israel, & global peace and security. Proud to introduce the Keeping Israel Safe from Iranian Proxies Act with @RonnyJacksonTX. We must assess the military capabilities of Iranian-backed terror groups so we have the info we need to combat them. Link to quoted tweet



Banks (R-IN-3) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “If removing the #IRGC from the Foreign Terrorist Orgs list was “inconsequential,” Iran wouldn’t be demanding Biden do it. Link to quoted tweet

Chabot (R-OH-1) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Yesterday, I joined my @HouseForeignGOP colleagues to urge the Biden Administration to not rush into a dangerous Iran nuclear deal. The more power we give to Iran & Russia, the more we endanger ourselves and our allies. Link to video

Cruz (R-TX) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “Appalling and incoherent. Biden is going to hand Putin billions of dollars, fueling his war against Ukraine, in order to help build up Iran’s nuclear program. It’s like Team Biden sits around thinking of new ways to endanger Americans. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 04/07/2022: Retweet of @HeraldOpEd – “Iran still holding American hostages. Biden administration must hold it accountable Opinion by @RepTedDeutch and Sarah (Levinson) Moriarty: Iran still holding American hostages. Biden administration must hold it accountable | Opinion

Garcia (R-CA-25) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Biden is pushing for an agreement that is even weaker and shorter than the first Iran Deal. He chastises Putin and Iran in public, but he’s ready to capitulate to them behind closed doors. We must get tough on our enemies, not give them a break. Link to video

Hawley (R-MO) 04/08/2022: Retweet of @Kredo0 – “EXPOSED: The Russian Companies That Will Get Billions From New Iran Nuke Deal — I get U.S. gov’t doc disclosing the Russian state-owned companies that will cash in on billions to build-up Iranian nuke sites as part of new accord Exposed: The Russian Companies That Will Get Billions from New Iran Nuclear Deal… | freebeacon.com

Herrell (R-NM-2) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “Why would anyone want to do this? Link to quoted tweet

Kim (R-CA-39) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Now is not the time to embolden the Ayatollah through a bad Iran Deal that is worse than the JCPOA & cedes leverage to the Iranian regime. As we see foreign conflicts increasingly impact Americans’ everyday lives, the U.S. must project leadership & strength on the world stage. Link to image

Roy (R-TX-21) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “It is ABSURD that the Biden admin is even considering removing Iran’s IRGC from the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. IRGC is the main state sponsor of terrorism IN THE WORLD. Biden is weakening US national security and our allies in the region! Link to quoted tweet

Sullivan (R-AK) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “Reports indicate the Biden administration may delist #Iran’s IRGC as a terrorist organization to secure a new #IranDeal. The IRGC has the blood of thousands of US soldiers on its hands. Gen. Milley, America’s highest-ranking military officer, condemned this reckless idea. Link to video

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/07/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley: “In my personal opinion, I believe the IRGC Quds Force to be a terrorist organization and I do not support them being de-listed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list.” Link to quoted tweet

Barr (R-KY-6) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “About to go live with my @HouseForeignGOP colleagues hammering the Administration for attempting to rejoin the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. Live Stream… | youtu.be

Boozman (R-AR) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “The Biden Administration’s plan to lift the terrorist designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps would put our national security at risk.

Chabot (R-OH-1) 04/06/2022: Twitter thread – “Yesterday, @HouseForeignGOP debated several bipartisan bills relative to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We must use all tools at our disposal to respond to Putin’s brutal assault. Watch my remarks on @RepMcCaul’s bill to hold Russia accountable. Unfortunately, the majority did not address many of my concerns with Russia. Among these are how Russia will benefit from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal that the Biden Administration is negotiating, which is why I offered a proposal on this very subject: Rep. Chabot’s statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine… | youtu.be

Cotton (R-AR) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @Boozman4AR – “The Biden Administration’s plan to lift the terrorist designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps would put our national security at risk.

Green (R-TN-7) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “My brothers and sisters in arms were killed by Iranian IEDs. And right now—in this very moment—Iran has illegal nuclear material on hand. Yet the Biden Administration wants to make a “deal” with Tehran. @HouseForeignGOP won’t stand for it: Link to video

Luria (D-VA-2) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Iran is dangerously close to acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, and we cannot further embolden Iran by providing them with additional resources to further their violent and dangerous agenda. House Democrats sound alarm on potential Iran nuclear deal… | thehill.com

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @BasilJohnNews – “A group of Republicans are expressing their concern about a “weak deal with Iran”. The group includes @RepTenney @RepMalliotakis @RepLeeZeldin @RepMeuser @RepScottPerry Link to image

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “I joined @HouseForeignGOP to push back on @POTUS’ plan to rejoin a weakened Iran Nuclear Deal. @WhiteHouse is negotiating with a nation that sponsors terrorism & chants “Death to America” behind closed doors. Americans deserve transparency & Congress deserves a vote to ratify. Link to image

Mast (R-FL-18) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal was bad, but the Biden Administration is going to make it worse. In today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, I asked the Deputy Secretary of State if the weakened position of our military would make negotiations more difficult. She wouldn’t answer. Link to video

Mast (R-FL-18) 04/06/2022: Twitter thread – “Biden’s attempts to push a new Iran deal are extremely dangerous and unconstitutional. Link to video The Constitution is perfectly clear: any treaty must be ratified by the Senate. Likewise, the Biden Administration should not be able to remove an organization like the Iran Revolutionary Guard from the list of state sponsors of terrorism without approval from Congress.

Mast (R-FL-18) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Joe Biden is putting Iranian terrorists before the safety of the American people by negotiating a new Iran Deal. House Republicans will do everything in our power to stop him! Link to image

McCarthy (R-CA-23) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @HouseCommerce – “Leader @cathymcmorris: “What signal does it send to our allies when the Biden administration says ‘no’ to a pipeline from Canada and ‘yes’ to oil from OPEC, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela?” WATCH Link to video

McCaul (R-TX-10) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “Republicans won’t stand for a weak deal with Iran. Join @HouseForeignGOP Members today at 12pmCT/1pmET for a live press conference on why the Biden administration’s deal with Iran is dangerous House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans Press Conference on Iran… | youtube.com”. Retweed by Chabot (R-OH-1), McCaul (R-TX-10)

McEachin (D-VA-4) 04/06/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@TheMainSpark @nowthisnews @SerenaMarsh Keystone would not be ready until next year at the earliest speak about what you know

Meuser (R-PA-9) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “I joined my @HouseForeignGOP colleagues to urge the Biden Administration not to rush to a new Iran nuclear deal offering concessions that will enrich our adversaries, endanger our allies & cost America dearly. This deal was misguided 7 years ago. It’s downright dangerous today. Link to image

Murphy (D-CT) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @mitchellreports – “On Iran, @ChrisMurphyCT: “If we don’t get a deal with Iran, Iran is literally on the doorstep of a nuclear weapon. They are weeks away, as we speak, from having enough nuclear material to produce a weapon. It will also set off the nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” #AMRstaff

Roy (R-TX-21) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “Fairly basic concept, yes. Link to quoted tweet

Steube (R-FL-17) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “The Russians know they can bypass sanctions if the Iranian deal gets approved by the Biden Administration and through the Chinese who are buffering them economically. We need to sanction everyone doing business with the Russians. Thanks @Newsnationam for having me on to discuss. Link to video

Wilson (R-SC-2) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “Grateful to join my @HouseForeign GOP colleagues to state our firm disapproval of Biden admin moving forward with Iran nuclear deal w/out Congressional review. Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism continues to be a global threat to US and our global allies. Link to image

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “The Biden Admin is tripping all over itself to reenter an Iran nuke deal even worse than the original 2015 agreement. They inherited an effective max pressure strategy & they just weakly walked away from it for no good reason. A bad deal is far more dangerous than no deal at all. Link to video” Also on GETTR.

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 04/06/2022: press release – Rep. Zeldin Joins House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans in Opposition to Biden Admin’s Iran Nuclear Deal Negotiations

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “.@Sen_JoeManchin: “I’m very leery of [the talks]. I wasn’t for it before and I can’t see myself changing my position.” Manchin says he’s ‘very leery’ of Iran talks… | jewishinsider.com

Banks (R-IN-3) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Biden’s upcoming Iran deal will let #IRGC terrorists immigrate to the U.S. How many Americans actually support this? New Iran Nuclear Deal Could Allow Iranian Terrorists Into U.S…. | freebeacon.com

Buck (R-CO-4) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “The Iran Nuclear Deal is a bridge to nowhere that will only bring danger and destruction to our democracy. It’s time for us to walk from the Iran talks. -@newsmax Link to video

Buck (R-CO-4) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “.@newsmax: “Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., told Newsmax on Monday that the new Iran nuclear deal proposed by the Biden administration “needs to be blocked.”” Rep. Buck to Newsmax: New Iran Deal ‘Needs to Be Blocked’… | newsmax.com

Cornyn (R-TX) 04/06/2022: Retweet of @Norman_Roule – “A nuclear deal lacking bipartisan support, that fails to recognize the legitimate security interests of our regional partners, and that has taken the place of a broader Iran and regional policy is unwise. Link to quoted tweet

Fulcher (R-ID-1) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Thank you to @RepFranklin for leading this letter urging Secretary of State Blinken against removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. More here: Link to PDF | ow.ly   Link to image

Green (R-TN-7) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “The entire Iran Nuclear Deal is flawed. * Removing the Revolutionary Guard from the terror watch list. Bad idea.  *An emboldened Iran w/ access to materials and $$$ to grow nuclear capabilities. Bad idea.  *Allowing Russian war criminals to build nuclear reactors. Bad idea.

Hagerty (R-TN) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “The Biden Admin attempting to return to the Iran deal is so foolhardy, but yet again, another example of President Trump taking a decision that was best for America—getting us out of that deal—and the Biden Admin doing everything they can to undo it to support their own vanity. Link to video

McGovern (D-MA-2) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “President Trump’s decision to abandon the JCPOA was an unmitigated disaster that made us less safe & brought Iran closer to a nuclear bomb. President Biden is right to move towards reentry into a good nuclear deal with Iran. Diplomacy is the answer. Russia’s last-minute attempt to scuttle Iran nuclear deal must fail – The Boston Globe

Omar (D-MN-5) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Great piece. Ink the deal! Link to quoted tweet

Tuberville (R-AL) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “What is wrong with these people? Tuberville: We’re ‘Using Russia’ to Cut a Deal with Iran While Iran Has Hits out on Americans | breitbart.com

Waltz (R-FL-6) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @marykissel – “Excited to return as host of @nixonfoundation’s Nixon Seminar tonight. Topic: Ukraine & Iran nuclear talks, debated by some of America’s top foreign policy thinkers. You can stream it live here, 8-9pm ET: The Nixon Seminar – The Iran Nuclear Deal – YouTube.

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “I’m joining my @HouseForeignGOP colleagues this afternoon in opposition to the Biden Admin’s reckless efforts tripping over themselves trying desperately to enter a nuclear deal with Iran that’s even worse than the original from 2015. TUNE IN AT 1PM House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans Press Conference on Iran… | youtube.com” Also on GETTR

Buck (R-CO-4) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “TONIGHT: Joining @stinchfield1776 LIVE to discuss the latest on the Biden administration’s outrageous effort to reenter the Iran Nuclear Deal. Tune in to @newsmax at 8:22pm EST/6:22pm MST! Link to image

Ernst (R-IA) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “Negotiating a nuclear deal with the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism is irresponsible & ill-conceived. President Biden: walk away. Iran Says Agreement to Revive Nuclear Deal With U.S. Is Close… | bloomberg.com

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 04/04/2022: Retweet of @DailyCaller – ““If sanctions worked the way they’re supposed to, Venezuela would be the jewel of South America, Cuba would be the Caribbean Garden of Eden, Iran would be like a welcoming place for us all” – @repmattgaetz Link to video

Gimenez (R-FL-26) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “Las política energética de esta administración es erroenea y los ciudadanos la estamos pagando todos los dias en las estaciones de gasolina. Debemos para la guerra encontra nuestra industria interna y se deje de buscar alianzas con paises como Venezuela o Iran.  @Americateve Link to video

Paul (R-KY) 04/05/2022: Retweet of @RStatecraft – ““Leaving the agreement didn’t make anything better.” @RandPaul on the Iran nuclear deal, and more, by @KelleyBVlahos: Rand Paul: Promoting negotiations over war doesn’t make you a Putin sympathizer – Responsible Statecraft

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Met with the Kurdistan Ambassador to the US, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, to discuss Iran’s recent launching of ballistic missiles into their capital, Irbil. This is an egregious act of unprovoked aggression. We need improved air defense capabilities in the area. Link to image

Blackburn (R-TN) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Biden’s new Iran Nuclear Deal is filled with loopholes that let known terrorists enter and stay in the U.S.

Blackburn (R-TN) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “The Biden administration intends to allow terrorists to slip through the cracks with the new Iranian Nuclear Deal.

Cornyn (R-TX) 04/02/2022: Retweet of @Sen_JoeManchin – “WATCH: I will not support risking our energy security and reliability by depending on hostile nations like Iran and Venezuela to produce for us when we have here in America the abundant natural resources that our nation and our allies desperately count on. Link to video

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 04/01/2022: Retweet of @DailyCaller – ““If sanctions worked the way they’re supposed to, Venezuela would be the jewel of South America, Cuba would be the Caribbean Garden of Eden, Iran would be like a welcoming place for us all” – @repmattgaetz Link to video

Lankford (R-OK) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “The White House is currently trying to renegotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal through Russian representatives. If that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, it isn’t. I firmly oppose any re-entry into the Iran Nuclear Deal. Lankford Says Re-instating the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not the Right Direction for Our Nation… | lankford.senate.gov” Also on GETTR

Mast (R-FL-18) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “This week in Washington: A plan for more spending, even as inflation continues to spike, and an attempt to circumvent the Constitution in search of a new Iran Deal. All this and more in the latest #WeekInReview: Link to video

Palmer (R-AL-6) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Why is Biden turning to enemy regimes like Iran & Venezuela for oil when we could produce it? My colleagues & I introduced a resolution condemning the Administration for seeking oil from foreign dictators, & calling for prioritizing US energy independence: Palmer Introduces Resolution Condemning the Biden Administration for Turning to Venezuelan and Iranian Oil | Congressman Gary Palmer

Banks (R-IN-3) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Biden wants to sidestep Congress to give IRGC terrorists billions AND let them cross our border. Insanity! New Iran Nuclear Deal Could Allow Iranian Terrorists Into U.S. | freebeacon.com



Kinzinger (R-IL-16) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “Removing Russia from the @UN_HRC is long overdue. From their support of Assad to the genocide in Bucha, the Russian Federation has shown their disdain for human life. To those who refused to condemn the Kremlin’s atrocities in Ukraine, here’s a fresh reminder of their war crimes: Link to quoted tweet

Waltz (R-FL-6) 04/08/2022: Tweet – “Shelling in Syria that injured U.S. soldiers follows a series of attacks on American forces in Iraq and Syria by militant groups backed by Iran. U.S. Soldiers Injured in Syria After Shelling Attack… | wsj.com

Bourdeaux (D-GA-7) 04/04/2022: Twitter thread – “I am appalled by the images and stories coming out of Ukraine. We know this is Putin’s playbook – to terrorize a population, to grind them down slowly over time with horror. Russia’s actions are war crimes, and we must be firm in our determination that this will not stand. 1/2 We have to be prudent in our response, but everyday, we must keep reaching to find new tools to stop Putin and make him pay a terrible price not just for Ukraine, but for Syria, for Chechnya, and for the horrors he has inflicted on the world for decades. 2/2

Crenshaw (R-TX-2) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @calxandr – “Mass executions. Mass rape. Starved cities. Deliberate shelling of hospitals, libraries, schools & apartments. Genocide & war crimes in Ukraine by an army that committed genocide in Syria & Chechnya. The case for unlimited military support to Ukraine is irrefutable: do it.

Meeks (D-NY-5) 04/04/2022: Twitter thread – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: An eyewitness to Assad’s brutal crimes against Syria’s civilians known as “the Gravedigger” bravely documented and shared details about such atrocities with the world. I support continued efforts to hold those responsible accountable. Eyewitness known as “The Gravedigger” recounts atrocities in Syria in first U.S. interview… | cbsnews.com Read more about these courageous efforts to expose the extent of Assad’s crimes and mass graves here: Mass Graves Identified in Syria Could Hold Evidence of War Crimes… | nytimes.com” Also here

Cassidy (R-LA) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “The first 300 Syrian mercenaries arrived in Russia. The Iran deal could turn this into 40,000. That terrible deal must be suspended. Syrian Mercenaries Deploy to Russia en Route to Ukrainian Battlefields… | msn.com

Green (R-TN-7) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Assad has the power to put an end to Russia’s recruitment of mercenaries from Syria. We must address this now before Putin can recruit others. Link to quoted tweet


Saudi Arabia & Yemen

Menendez (D-NJ) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “Jamal Khashoggi deserves accountability. Transferring the trial of those responsible for his death to the government that had him murdered is the opposite of accountability. Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia… | nytimes.com

Risch (R-ID) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “I welcome the formation of a new governing council in #Yemen and #Saudi & #UAE’s commitment to provide financial support. I hope this can help usher in a new era of peace & stability. All parties should use this unique opportunity to come together for the good of the country.

Deutch (D-FL-22) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Glad to see the first of 18 fuel ships arrive at Yemen’s Hodeida port. This desperately needed fuel shows how the ceasefire can improve the lives of the Yemeni people. I urge all parties to maintain the agreement & continue working towards a political resolution to the conflict.

Dingell (D-MI-12) 04/05/2022: Twitter thread – “The recent announcement of a two-month truce in the Yemen conflict will bring much-needed relief to the Yemeni people, who have had to contend with one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises since the beginning of hostilities over 7 years ago. This agreement, if it holds, represents a step toward a lasting resolution in the conflict that has claimed countless lives. Particularly important is the ending of the blockade of Hudaydah port and the opening of San’aa airport to commercial flights, the impact of which my colleagues and I highlighted in outreach to the Biden Admin last year. Our focus must now be on ensuring that all sides adhere to the ceasefire and the parameters of the agreement moving forward and that the United States continues to support life-saving humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen. This truce shows the critical importance of diplomatic engagement and the need for continued dialogue as we work toward ending this conflict.

Khanna (D-CA-17) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “I asked @SecDef in today’s @hascdemocrats hearing what the US will do if the Saudis violate the ceasefire in Yemen and if the US would be willing to withhold spare warplane parts from the Saudis if this were to happen. Watch ⬇️ Link to video

Khanna (D-CA-17) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Thanks, @MarkRuffalo. Grateful for your leadership on this issue as well as the humanitarian crisis and war in Yemen. Link to quoted tweet

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “This morning, it was my privilege to welcome to the Speaker’s Office @DrTedros, Director-General of the @WHO. We discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, humanitarian emergencies in Ukraine and Yemen, and other global health issues. Link to image

Risch (R-ID) 04/04/2022: Tweet – “I welcome the announcement that the parties to the conflict in #Yemen have agreed to a 2-month ceasefire — the first mutual one since 2016. This is a good step, but the details matter. I urge all sides to use this opportunity to work toward peace and alleviate suffering.

Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 04/04/2022: Twitter thread – “2 years ago, President Trump told Saudi Arabia to raise oil prices or lose US troops. It was the right way to deal with the Saudis (from which Biden could learn)! But it also put oil company profits over consumers and made it harder to cut gas prices now. Special Report: Trump told Saudi: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support – sources | Reuters I’m glad President Biden ordered another major release of oil from our strategic reserves, and hope Congress will take more steps to lower energy prices soon. But more pressure on Saudi is still needed. If they won’t produce oil in a crisis, what is the value of our partnership?

Doggett (D-TX-35) 04/03/2022: Tweet – “Making a mockery of any shred of justice or accountability for the Saudi Crown Prince’s cold-blooded murder and dismemberment of an American-based journalist. Erdogan, the Turkish authoritarian, comes to the aid of the bloody authoritarian Saudis. Turkey Moves Closer to Ending Khashoggi Murder Trial Without Conclusion… | nytimes.com

Menendez (D-NJ) 04/03/2022: Tweet – “I welcome the truce now in effect in the Yemen conflict. I urge all parties to work under the good auspices of the UN, & make the hard concessions required for an enduring political agreement that serves the needs of the Yemeni people & brings them the lasting peace they deserve. Link to quoted tweet

Menendez (D-NJ) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @SFRCdems – “I welcome the truce now in effect in the Yemen conflict. I urge all parties to work under the good auspices of the UN, & make the hard concessions required for an enduring political agreement that serves the needs of the Yemeni people & brings them the lasting peace they deserve. Link to quoted tweet

Smith (D-WA-9) 04/02/2022: Tweet – “I am encouraged by the announcement of a two-month truce in the Yemen conflict. It is imperative that all parties to this conflict abide by the ceasefire so that negotiators can make progress toward a lasting peace. Read my full statement: Smith Statement on Yemen Truce… | armedservices.house.gov   Link to image

Deutch (D-FL-22) 04/01/2022: Tweet – ““We welcome news of a two-month truce to the #Yemen conflict. This is an important step for millions of Yemenis suffering as a result of this conflict.” Read my joint statement with @RepGregoryMeeks here Link to quoted tweet

Khanna (D-CA-17) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Promising news. Let’s build on this progress and seize this opportunity to secure a durable political solution to make sure this ceasefire marks the end of the war and the beginning of a new era for Yemen. Yemen govt to help with release of prisoners, open Sanaa airport in truce moves… | reuters.com

Lieu (D-CA-33) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Finally some good news in Yemen. I hope the truce holds. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 04/01/2022: Tweet – “Chair @RepGregoryMeeks, Chair @RepTedDeutch release joint statement on Yemen truce: Meeks, Deutch Release Joint Statement on Yemen Truce… | foreignaffairs.house.gov   Link to image


United Arab Emirates

Himes (D-CT-4) 04/03/2022: Retweet of @NickKristof – “The Bucha Massacre is the new emblem of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Putin can’t escape it. A question for China, UAE and other countries that have tried to stay neutral: How many of these massacres before you find your soul?Russian retreat leaves trail of slain civilians in town near Kyiv… | reuters.com



Pallone (D-NJ-6) 04/07/2022: Tweet – “It would be a huge mistake for @StateDept to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, an autocratic regime that has failed to live up to its NATO responsibilities. Accepting Erdogan’s dangerous proposal would reward him for human rights abuses and malign activities in Turkey and abroad. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 04/06/2022: Tweet – “Excellent meeting this week with Turkey’s Ambassador to the US Murat Mercan. As a steadfast #NATO ally we are grateful for Turkey’s leadership in opposing Russia’s aggression in #Ukraine. Link to image

Rubio (R-FL) 04/05/2022: Tweet – “Officials in #Istanbul shuttered an elementary school attended by hundreds of #Uyghur children after pressure from the #CCP. The #CCP’s long arm of censorship & malign influence extends far beyond China’s borders & has disturbingly found a home in #Turkey’s authoritarian state. Link to quoted tweet