Hours before the Congress adjourned for the August recess there was a vote w no debate for an emergency appropriation of 250 million dollars to Israel to support Iron Dome. It passed w near unanimous support w some folks missing the vote and 8 (some dems and some Rs) voting against. 3 of the 8 no votes were Keith Ellison (D, MN), Zoe Lofgren (D, CA), and Walter Jones (R, NC.) all of whom are endorsed by JStreetPAC. All of the 73 other JStreetPAC endorsed Congressman that were present voted for the appropriation.
Our position: J Street strongly supports US aid to Israel and Iron Dome including this emergency appropriation. We lobby on its behalf and encourage all Members of Congress (endorsed or not) to vote for it.
One of our core principles for our endorsements is that the candidates support aid to Israel.
Our take on the no vote from our endorsees: Ellison, Lofgren, and Jones have consistently supported aid to Israel and Iron Dome. They also have been strong advocates for a two state solution and US diplomatic leadership in the region.
We would love for all Members of Congress (and particularly our endorsees) to vote in line with our policy 100% of the time and we will continue to advocate that they do.
These Members have made statements on their reasoning behind this particular vote and we have been in touch with their offices letting them know our position.