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Volume 13, Number 10
March 15, 2010

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Iran Initiative
Gates Meets With Ruler of Emirates on Iran.  Defense secretary Robert M. Gates met on Thursday with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates as part of an intensifying American effort to build up defenses with Arab allies and contain Iran's military might in the Persian Gulf. Mr. Gates, who is a vital player in the Obama administration's campaign to put more pressure on Iran, focused in his talks with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayyed al Nuhayyan on the American effort to seek tougher sanctions against Iran. Mr. Gates told reporters afterward that there was broad support in the Gulf for new sanctions, even though he made no predictions that they would work.  To read the full New York Times article, click here.
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Israel Advocacy Initiative
Biden:  U.S. and Israel Share "Unbreakable Bond." Vice President Joe Biden recently returned from a four-day visit to Israel.  In addition to reassuring Israeli leaders about the U.S. commitment to curb Iran's nuclear program, Vice President Biden also encouraged Israel and the Palestinians to get peace talks moving again.  On Thursday, Vice President Biden gave a speech at Tel Aviv University where he spoke about the United States' "unbreakable bond" with Israel.  To read the full transcript of Vice President Biden's speech at Tel Aviv University, click here.
Save Darfur
Darfur Peace Deal in Doubt. A row between Darfur rebel groups has thrown into doubt a peace deal between the rebels and Sudan's government.  The framework deal agreed to last month was hailed as a major breakthrough, prompting President Omar al-Bashir to claim that the war in Darfur was over. The government was keen to sign the deal before a national election due in April - seen as Sudan's first genuine multi-party poll in two decades.  Opposition groups and rebel factions have repeatedly called for the election to be postponed amid fighting in southern Sudan and instability in Darfur.  To read the full BBC article, click here.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  Congress is in session this week and is quickly approaching its latest self-imposed deadline to pass a comprehensive health care bill.  President Obama has postponed his trip to Asia to work with members of Congress on healthcare.  He will also travel to Ohio this week for a campaign-style healthcare rally.  The Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments this week.   

Child Nutrition Seder.  This Thursday, March 18th, the JCPA will hold its National Child Nutrition Seder in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center from 10 am to 11:30 am.  The model Seder will be led by Rabbi Steve Gutow and keynoted by Representative Jim McGovern (MA-D), chair of the Congressional Anti Hunger Caucus.  Selections from the Hagaddah will be read by elected officials including Senator Ben Cardin and Representative Gary Peters, representatives from the USDA and the administration, anti-hunger leaders, children from the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington DC and the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition of Tucson, Arizona.  This Seder is the centerpiece of a nationwide mobilization in which over 40 communities are holding Child Nutrition Seders throughout the months of March and April, asking our elected officials to allocate at least $1 billion in new funding each year for the next five years to the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.  To find out more about the Child Nutrition Seder, visit our website at www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/CNS.

Federal Budget.  Last week a collation of 13 national and 85 local Jewish organizations from around the country led by Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Federations of North America sent a letter to Members of Congress regarding the FY 2011 federal budget. In it the Jewish community called on Congress to protect programs that help low-income and at-risk communities. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Education.  Last Saturday, President Obama announced his proposal to reform the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. NCLB was crafted and passed in 2002 with bi-partisan support during the Bush Administration but has since been criticized by politicians, school system administrators, parents, and teachers.  President Obama's proposal would eliminate a number of mandates on public schools while still making substantive changes and additions to the nation's K-12 education system. The revised policy would place more emphasis on academic growth rather than the current system that categorizes schools in pass-fail terms. In addition, the President's plan would broaden student evaluations to take into account testing in other areas besides reading and math, allowing a student's progress to be measured on a variety of levels. The President's proposal emphasizes college and career readiness and offers a 16% increase in funding -- most of which goes towards competitive grants from his Race to the Top program.

Healthcare.  Congress may vote on final passage of a comprehensive healthcare reform package as early as this week.  President Obama has delayed a trip to Asia in anticipation of the vote, but it is still not clear if the Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives has enough votes to pass the bill. 216 votes are needed to win approval in the House of the health care bill passed by the Senate last December.

Jobs.  Last week, the Senate passed its second bill designed to stimulate job growth-this time focusing on state aid and jobless workers.  The American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213) passed 62-36. The bill extends unemployment assistance and COBRA (a health insurance subsidy for the unemployed) through December 31, 2010. The bill also extends FMAP (state-aid assistance for the Medicaid program) through July 2011, provides farm aid for farmers affected by weather-related disasters and flooding, and pension funding relief. The bill will be considered in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.
Condolences
Erna Esther Hoenlein, z"l.  The JCPA expresses condolences to Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents on the passing of his mother, Erna Esther Hoenlein. The funeral was held today in Philadelphia.  The family will be sitting shiva this week at her home located at 1614 Griffith Street, Northeast Philadelphia.  We extend our deepest condolences to Malcolm, Fraydie and the entire Hoenlein family and pray that they will be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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