June 14, 2019
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Democratic-controlled House has passed 167 bills since January 2019. Those bills now move to the Senate and await action from Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The Senate has only passed 26 bills in that same period. But they approved 119 judges to lifetime appointments.
 
Yet with all the political chatter, the House's accomplishments rarely get the attention deserved. Some of the House passed legislation includes action against gun violence, renewing the Violence Against Women Act, protecting the voting rights, requiring the President to address climate change, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, and providing protected status for DREAMERS.
 
This week, the House of Representatives passed ten bills including:  
  • preventing child marriages in UN refugee camps
  • modernizing the IRS
  • resolution that allows the chair of committee to seek compliance to subpoenas in federal court.  
Nearly all of this legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, yet it is unlikely that they will be taken up in the Senate any time soon. The Senate, by contrast, did not pass any legislation this week. but they did confirm nine more district court judges, furthering the Trump administration's agenda to reshape the federal court system for decades.  
 
The Constitution specifically grants Congress its most important power - the authority to make laws. The House Democrats are doing their legally mandated job. But it needs the Senate to do their job as well.  
 
It's not just about Trump's daily tweet storms or pending subpoenas and investigations. There is also good news coming out of the House. Representatives are working to improve and protect the quality of life for all Americans.
JAC AROUND TOWN
JAC's latest Talking Points featured David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report, who discussed what to expect in the 2020 election.

Special thank you to our host for Talking Points,
Marcey Barichello.
Sean and Susan Gallagher
From l to r: Carol Harrison, Sydney Block, Maureen Baker
From l to r: Sheila Schlifkin, Kathy Emanuel, Linda Ruder
From l to r: David Wasserman, Ron Port, Jeri Jacobs
JAC members with former IL Sen. Carol Mosley Braun. From l to r: Marcia Balonick, former U.S. Sen. Carol Mosley Braun, Linda Rae Sher, and Hilary Gould
JAC members attended a reception for
Montana Governor Steve Bullock. From l to r: Steve Bullock, Lucy Moog, and Eli Moog
From l to r: Steve Bullock, Janna Berk
ISRAEL
Trump's Bromance with Netanyahu Is About to Heat up for Israel's Do-Over Election  
 
The Trump administration went out of its way to help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win the April Israeli elections, and even tried to boost him in his failed attempt to form a governing coalition. With a do-over election set for Sept. 17, we can expect an equally determined and flamboyant do-over effort from the White House on the prime minister's behalf. 
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Israel Upgrades Its Air-Raid Warning System

Amid Increased Tensions, Hamas Calls on Mediators to Save Gaza Truce

ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
Roman Abramovich Donates $5m to Jewish Agency to Fight Anti-Semitism
 
Chelsea soccer team owner Roman Abramovich is donating $5m to the Jewish Agency For Israel in a bid to help fight anti-Semitism across the world. The Russian billionaire's donation is the largest ever received by the body, which helps Jewish communities across the world. He was granted Israeli citizenship in May. 
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CHOICE
Judge Says Missouri's Lone Abortion Clinic Must Remain Open for Now
 
A judge has blocked Missouri officials from shuttering the state's only abortion clinic, which faced closure due to a licensing dispute. The ruling prevented Missouri from becoming the first state without an abortion provider since Roe v Wade in 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court made the landmark decision to legalize the procedure.
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SEPARATION
'Bible Literacy' Classes in Public Schools Violate Separation of Church and State
  
The Supreme Court in a 1964 ruling outlawed prayer in school. However, Christian activists have undertaken a nationwide push for Bible classes in public schools. They have been emboldened by Donald Trump's presidency and seem to be succeeding should be of concern to anyone who values the separation of church and state enshrined in the Constitution.  
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BEYOND THE CORE
Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Gun Silencer Laws Days After Virginia Beach Massacre

The Supreme Court rejected a request to take up a pair of cases challenging a federal law requiring the registration of gun silencers mere days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage in Virginia Beach which left 12 people dead. President Donald Trump reportedly asked the court to stay out of the case and leave the convictions in place.
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POLITICAL BYTE
'Deepfake' Videos Threaten to Bedevil 2020 Campaign  
 
Questions are mounting about readiness in Silicon Valley and on the campaign trail to meet the challenge of fake videos. Off-the-shelf video-editing and artificial intelligence software has made it easier than ever to create so-called deepfakes - sophisticated video forgeries that turn people into digital puppets, doing or saying things they never said or did. 
FYI
Meet Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, First Woman to Lead Army Infantry Division
 
A brigadier general who led Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq will become the first woman to lead an Army infantry division. Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will assume command of the California National Guard's 40th Infantry Division in ceremonies later this month at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. 
JAC II
Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Tuesday, June 18
JACII Detroit - Abortion Access in Michigan 
featuring
State Senator Mallory McMorrow
The Michigan legislature has passed a ban on a common second semester termination procedure - D&E. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto this bill, but it is critical we all know what is at stake in this ongoing fight.
Watch Sen. McMarrow oppose the D&E ban bill here.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
LAST WORD
"I just have a very warm feeling for Poland. I always have ... It's just - they're very - they're incredible people. Hardworking, smart. Very industrious people. And what they've done with the country over the last five years has been something that the world has watched and the world has marveled at. I've just liked Poland." 
 
President Donald Trump said when he was considering moving more troops to Poland.
    
  
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Tuesday, June 18
JACII Detroit 
featuring
State Senator Mallory McMorrow 
Join us for a discussion on the fight over abortion access in Michigan 
Metro-Detroit Area
Address upon RSVP 
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Friday, June 28
Meeting with
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Wednesday, July 31
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 
847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org
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