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November 19, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

The passage of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, which had bipartisan support, does give our country something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, during an extremely challenging time. As he said, it was” a monumental step forward as a nation.” In another historic achievement, the House passed the President's Build Back Better Act early this morning and it now moves onto the Senate.

JAC-candidates helped to push the bill to the finish line, including Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), whom we learned will be retiring. These Members of Congress have always put country first over politics as they worked tirelessly to advance JAC’s agenda and protect the issues we care about. We are thankful for their years of public service. 

Rep. Speier has been a fierce champion of women’s issues. She has also been a fearless fighter for women’s equality and LGBTQ rights, as well as gun violence prevention.

Sen. Leahy, a leading environmentalist in the Senate, successfully opposed attempts to allow oil and gas exploration in wildlife refuges in the U.S., including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

While our democracy has been tried and tested, there are many principled Members of Congress, like Sen. Leahy and Rep. Speier. They will always put country over politics and stand up to those that choose to use violence and hate speech to divide. The censure of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) shows that the democratic process in the House still works under the leadership of the Democrats— and that is why we must ensure that we retain our Democratic majority.

This is a challenging time for our nation. By working together to elect JAC candidates we can continue to move this country ahead.

We hope as you gather with your family, you can find a sense of gratitude during these tumultuous times. We are grateful to YOU for your support of JAC and our candidates. This support enables us to continue our important work to elect candidates that care about good government and our rights.

Wishing you and your family a meaningful and safe Thanksgiving.

We will return with our weekly EZ read on Dec. 3rd.


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Rep. Jackie Speier has been a fearless fighter for women’s equality throughout her career. She has relentlessly advocated for fundamental reforms to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. It was always an honor when Rep. Speier would meet with us during our visits to the Hill. She shared JAC's values and never shied away from standing up for us and our country. Her passion and voice will be missed. It's never goodbye. It's L'hitraot (see you later).

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In the News

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The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. pressed the Palestinian Authority President on human rights. The Palestinian Authority is likely to abolish its policy of providing 'pay-for-slay,' monthly stipends to jailed terrorists who killed Israelis. U.S. officials raised the prospect of an interim agreement with Iran to allow more time for nuclear negotiations.


A new survey shows antisemitism is at an all-time high in U.K. universities. As the Biden administration pushes for a nuclear deal, remember the Iranian regime's commitment to antisemitism. Romania makes Holocaust education mandatory in all high schools.

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Polls show that a majority of Americans support access to abortion. Read about why scientists signed an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court’s case on abortion. A Democratic coalition of lawmakers reintroduced the Access to Birth Control Act.


Read about how Evangelical women in Texas are mobilizing for a future without abortion. A heated debate about the separation of church and state surfaced after a video was posted of people chanting 'Let’s go Brandon' inside a church. A new book delves into how the Christian right took over the Supreme Court.

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Unregulated and untraceable ‘ghost guns’ firearm kits bought online are fueling an epidemic of violence. Journalists are warning that we cannot beat climate change without tackling disinformation. Biden announces two new circuit court selections in his first-year sprint to fill judicial openings.


The House just took an important stand against violence in politics Rep. Paul Gosar’s censure matters. Independent redistricting commissions were thought to be the solution to an age-old problem. Instead, they have become bogged down in political trench warfare. Distrust in elections may end up hurting the very party whose members have been advancing unsubstantiated accusations of election fraud.

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Netflix’s ‘The Club’ offers a rare portrait of Turkish Jews, shattering historical taboos in the process. An Israeli startup ‘cracks code to saliva’ with the world’s first pregnancy spit test. Read about how an Arab Schindler saved Jews during the Holocaust.

The Last Word

"As a woman Speaker of the House, I want to be clear, these threats specifically target a woman, a woman of color, which is... a global phenomenon, meant to silence women and keep them from positions of authority and participating in public life.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Rep. Gosar's video


Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.

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