FMEP Legislative Round-Up: January 28, 2022


1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. On the Record

*Brought to you in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Round-Up was born!


1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters



(TORAH VALUES CAUCUS? NO THANK YOU!) Jewish orgs’ letter to Reps. Bacon and Cuellar: On 1/25, 9 Jewish or organizations sent a letter to Reps, Bacon (R-NE) and Cuellar (D-TX) opposing the establishment of a new “Congressional Caucus for the Advancement of Torah Values.” The letter notes that the establishment of the caucus “raises significant concerns regarding the separation of church and state, which has been one of the keys to the long-term safety and security of the American Jewish community.” It also notes that the caucus’ intention “to [combat] anti-Israel bigotry” reflects a conflation of criticism of Israeli government policy with antisemitism. The letter states: “Along with many in the American Jewish community, we feel it is our duty to speak out against Israeli actions we find troubling. Just as criticizing American policy or actions does not make one anti-American, so too criticizing Israeli policy is neither anti-Israel nor antisemitic. The implication that antisemitism is akin to anti-Israel sentiment traffics in dangerous antisemitic tropes of dual loyalty and is detrimental to the effort to combat true antisemitism.” The letter was signed by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, J Street, Partners for Progressive Israel, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, T’ruah, and The Workers Circle. Also see:

(SUSPEND US MAINTENANCE OF JETS THAT ARE BOMBING YEMEN) Malinowski et al letter to Biden: On 1/25/22, Reps, Malinowski (D-NJ) led a letter, co-signed by 11 fellow House Democrats, reading (in full): “In the last few days, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has further intensified its strikes on civilian targets, including a migrant detention center and telecommunications facilities, killing over 70 and injuring over 100 noncombatants. The aircraft conducting these strikes, which cause untold suffering, undermine U.S. interests, and defy years of American entreaties, are sustained and kept flying under a contract approved by the U.S. government, Please suspend this contract.” Tweets: Khanna (D-CA-17), Malinowski (D-NJ-7) , McGovern (D-MA-2), Cicilline (D-RI-1)

(HOLD EGYPT ACCOUNTABLE ON HUMAN RIGHTS) Meeks et al letter to Blinken: On 1/25/22, Rep. Meeks (D-NY) and 5 House colleagues (all Democrats) sent a letter to SecState Blinken “urging the Administration to stand by important human rights criteria and follow through with its commitment not to release a portion of U.S. assistance if Egypt fails to fully meet requirements outlined by the Administration” (as summarized in Meeks’ press release).  Also see:

(MAKE THE UNHRC STOP PICKING ON ISRAEL!) Gottheimer et al letter to Blinken: On 1/25/22, Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ) led a letter, cosigned by 41 House colleagues (bipartisan), urging SecState Blinken to “to prioritize reversing the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC)’s discriminatory and unwarranted treatment of Israel. In particular, we urge the U.S. to lead an effort to end the outrageous and unjust permanent Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which was created by the UNHRC in May 2021.” Also note:

(DISSOLVE IRAN TALKS/PURSUE OTHER OPTIONS/GIVE ISRAEL WHATEVER IT WANTS) Perry et al letter to Biden: On 1/24, Rep. Perry (R-PA) led a letter, co-signed by 33 House Republicans, to President Biden — slamming Iran/Obama/the JCPOA, attacking Biden Admin policy vis-a-vis ongoing talks with Iran, and expressing dismay with the Biden Admin’s failure to expedite delivery to Israel of refueling tanker jets [important to Israel in the event it decides to launch military action against Iran]. The letter contains several ask/demands: dissolve talks with iran; engage in “other options” against Iran [recalling Biden’s words to this effect to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett]; provide signers of the letter “with a credible ‘Plan B’ option given the increasing likelihood that the talks in Vienna stall”; and reiterate “your unmitigated support for the state of Israel, to include the unimpeded provision of material they require to defend themselves.” Also see:

(ATTACKING UN/UNHRC/COMMISSION OF INQUIRY) Perry et al letter to US Amb to the UN: This week, Perry (R-PA) led a letter,  co-signed by 42 House Republicans, to US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield regarding the new Commission of Inquiry investigating alleged Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.. The letter states (among other things): This choreographed farce of an Inquiry will serve only to further erode the credibility and trustworthiness of the United Nations in serving as an even-keeled and impartial arbiter, and will foment only greater levels of distrust and animosity between Israel and the Palestinians. If this Administration insists on lending our credibility to the United Nations Human Rights Council, we insist that you use our Nation’s vote, voice, and influence to finally remove Israel as an UN Human Rights Council agenda item and eliminate this intrinsically counterproductive Inquiry.” Also see:

  • press release from the far-right wing NGO EMET, claiming authorship/credit for the letter.
  • Perry (R-PA-10) 01/27/2022: Tweet –#NeverAgain is doing not just saying the right things. The #UN Human Rights Council’s “investigation” of #Israel given its extensive record of thinly veiled anti-Israel animus makes clear they intend to permanently assault & delegitimize the Jewish state. The US must stop this. Link to image”; also Facebook post

(PLEASE FIND A WAY TO FUND EXTRA $1 BILLION FOR IRON DOME) Norcross-led members’ letter to House Appropriations leaders: On 1/21/22, Rep, Norcross (D-NJ) led a letter, co-signed by 105 House members (bipartisan) to House Appropriations Committee Chair DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Granger (R-TX). The letter expresses regret that the continuing resolution (which all GOP members were going to vote against, regardless) didn’t include the extra $1 billion in funding for Israel for Iron Dome (a shot at House Democrats who opposed sneaking the funding into that bill, notwithstanding the fact that the funding was passed less than 48 hrs later on its own), It goes on to express hope that as House appropriations leaders “negotiate with the Senate on FY2022 appropriations, the $1 billion in supplemental funding that the Senate included is maintained” and to request “additional bill language to ensure U.S. co-production is employed to the maximum extent practicable.” Also see:

  • Ahead of government funding deadline, House members push for Iron Dome supplement (Jewish Insider)
  • Rice (D-NY-4) 01/27/2022: Tweet – “Proud to join my colleagues on this important bipartisan letter urging $1 billion in supplemental funding of the #IronDome.Linked to Jewish Insider article.
  • Gottheimer (D-NJ) 01/28/22: Tweet – “We must ensure that we’re continuing to provide necessary aid to our key ally in the Middle East, Israel, for their critical Iron Dome defense system. Israel’s security is essential to America’s national security & essential in the fight against terror.” Linked to Jewish Insider article.

(RE-LIST HOUTHIS AS TERRORISTS) Tenney et al letter to Blinken: On 1/21, Rep. Tenney (R-NY) led a letter, co-signed by 9 Republican colleagues, to SecState Blinken, noting: “The previous Administration’s designations would have further isolated the Houthis, curbed their financing and deterred foreign direct support, and heightened public awareness of its activities. Considering these benefits, we again urge you to re-designate the Houthis as an FTO and SDGT to advance efforts to achieve a sovereign and united Yemen that is both free from Iranian interference and at peace with its neighbors. Also see: Tenney press release; Tweet.

(SUPPORT EastMed PIPELINE) Bilirakis-Malliotakis to Blinken: On 1/21, Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) and Malliotakis (R-NY) sent a letter to SecState Blinken “in stark opposition to the Biden Administration’s change of course on the EastMed pipeline project.” The press release accompanying the letter (entitled, “Bilirakis and Malliotakis Push Back On Biden’s Abandonment of Key Allies”) asserts that “By undermining the project, the Administration is undercutting three of our strongest allies in the region: Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, as well as the European Union’s hopes for energy independence and economic prosperity.”  Also see

(REVIEW & OVERHAUL US COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY) Warren et al letter to Biden: on 1/20/22, Sen. Warren (D-MA) led a letter, cosigned by 49 colleagues (all Democrats, from both House and Senate). As described in the press release, the lawmakers call on the President to overhaul U.S. counterterrorism policy to center human rights and the protection of civilians, only using lethal force when it is lawful and as a last resort.  This letter comes as more details emerge about the botched August 29th strike in Kabul, Afghanistan which led to 10 civilian deaths including seven children and an aid worker employed by an American NGO, as well as the potentially unlawful 2019 strike in Baghuz, Syria, which the military never independently investigated.” Also see: Calling Civilian Casualties a ‘Failure,’ Democrats Urge Biden to Do Better (New York Times)


2.On the Record


Jewish News Syndicate 1/27/22: Legislators of Israel Allies Caucus meet on applying IHRA definition of anti-Semitism [“‘As legislators, we have a responsibility to fight anti-Semitism with all the tools available to us,’ said U.S. Congressional Israel Allies Caucus co-chair Chris Smith (R-N.J.). ‘This means we have to write good legislation, provide funding for programs to fight anti-Semitism, hold hearings, pass resolutions, meet with executive branch officials and work together with parliamentary colleagues in Israel Allies caucuses.’”]

Jewish Insider 1/27/22: Nina Turner’s uphill challenge in Cleveland rematch [“The sun had barely risen on Wednesday morning, but Pinchas Landis, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi from University Heights in suburban Cleveland, was already fielding a cascade of text messages as media reports of a surprise rematch between Nina Turner and freshman Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH) began circulating among members of his community. Turner’s announcement arrived only five months after Landis had helped unite large segments of Cleveland’s sizable Orthodox community in opposition to the former state senator and progressive stalwart, largely over views she expressed last year during the course of her campaign that many Jewish voters saw as hostile to Israel…Pro-Israel groups that backed Brown last cycle also expressed their continued support for the congresswoman. Mark Mellman, the president of DMFI’s political arm, said Brown ‘has proven to be an effective advocate for Northeast Ohio and for the Democratic agenda.’”]

Jewish Insider 1/26/22: She could be the first Jew of color in Congress [“On Middle East foreign policy matters, Ram Hinsdale largely aligns with J Street’s approach to the region. By way of example, she expressed support for Rep. Andy Levin’s (D-MI) Two-State Solution Act, which, among other things, would bar Israel from using U.S. military assistance to annex the West Bank, while also endorsing legislation sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) that would place additional restrictions on American aid to Israel.”]

Jewish Currents 1/26/22: Democrats Mostly Silent on Sheikh Jarrah Expulsions  –    Key members of Congress who criticized Israel last spring are declining to comment on Palestinian home demolitions.

Jewish Insider 1/25/22: House ethics office finds ‘substantial’ evidence Marie Newman tried to bribe prospective opponent [“The freshman congresswoman from Illinois offered an Israel critic a job as her foreign policy advisor to avoid a primary fight, probe alleges”] Also see: Tweet from Jewish Insider’s Marc Rod, “Rep. Newman’s Israel policy is central to an ongoing ethics investigation into a bribery allegation”, re-tweeting Jewish Insider  tweet – “Freshman congresswoman @RepMarieNewman offered Palestinian-American professor Iymen Chehade, who is an Israel critic, a job as her foreign policy advisor to avoid a primary fight, probe alleges. @marcrod97 reports.

Foreign Policy 1/24/22 (by Reps. Jayapal, D-WA, and Lee, D-CA): A U.S. Foreign Policy Fit for the 21st Century [“...Add to this the fact that it is everyday people, not industry executives, who are sent off to wars; that it is working-class communities that bear the consequences when much-needed resources are siphoned into jet packs and planes that don’t fly; that special interest groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Saudi lobby wield enormous influence in Washington; that anti-democratic repression, conducted with U.S. backing, can be profitable for multinational corporations; that politicians can buy support by selling fear; and that persistent white supremacy and other forms of oppression lead to the treatment of foreign lives as expendable. U.S. foreign policy is the way it is not because it works for the many but because it works for the few.”]

The Forward 1/24/22: Jewish progressive group endorses Jamaal Bowman for re-election

Jewish Insider 1/24/22: Tlaib ahead of potential Democratic challengers in early polling

Free Beacon 1/23/22: Biden Admin Withholds Secret Iran Agreement From Congress

Israel Hayom 1/23/22: Israeli envoy accuses AOC of ‘obsession’ toward Jewish state


Violations of Palestinian Rights (incl death of US citizen)

Pocan (D-WI-2) 01/25/2022: Tweet – “Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad’s death after being detained during a raid on an occupied West Bank village is a tragedy that demands answers. We need an investigation into how his death happened and why. Palestinian American man, 80, dies after being detained by Israeli forces… |

Pocan (D-WI-2) 01/25/2022: In reply to Tweet“@maricohen95 @RepAndyLevin @SenSchumer @CoriBush @RepMarieNewman @RepSpeier @AOC And @RepGwenMoore Link to reply @maricohen95 @RepAndyLevin @SenSchumer @CoriBush @RepMarieNewman @RepSpeier @AOC @RepGwenMoore I’m sorry it was on the killing of a Palestinian man who lived in Milwaukee for a long time. He died under odd circumstances in Palestine after being detained by Israeli police. She tweeted on that.

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/23/2022: Retweet of @MairavZ – “Israel military police to close “investigation” into death of Palestinian American Omar Assad w/o charges, despite soldiers admitting they forcibly covered his mouth, cuffed him and left 78 yr-old out in the cold, looking “sleepy” and unresponsive, didn’t bother to call a medic.”

Castro (D-TX-20) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @AymanMSNBC –It seems like the media only pays attention when war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. If you want to understand why those larger conflicts erupt, @AymanM explains you first need to pay attention to these “smaller” stories that go under the radar. Link to video

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 01/21/2022: Twitter thread –Civil rights violations continue to be regularly inflicted on Palestinians living in Occupied Territory. Last week, Israeli troops stopped the car of an 80-year-old Palestinian-American, beat him, and left him to die. @StateDept must investigate this violence. @StateDept Then, this week, Israel destroyed two homes belonging to the Salhiya family in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah — where attempted evictions last year sparked a deadly war. This cruel act left 15 people homeless. This is unacceptable and must be stopped.”

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – Have you heard about the American citizen who was found dead after being held in Israeli custody? Or the anti-occupation activist killed after being struck by an Israeli police truck? How about the Palestinian family whose home was bulldozed in Jerusalem? Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – “Have you heard about the American citizen who was found dead after being held in Israeli custody? Or the anti-occupation activist killed after being struck by an Israeli police truck? How about the Palestinian family whose home was bulldozed in Jerusalem? Link to quoted tweet



Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/27/2022: Retweet of @TheJGreenspan – Thx to @RepDonBacon for your service to our nation, your bipartisan leadership & your support of the US-Israel relationship. Thx for sharing your thoughts on American foreign policy w/ @AIPAC members – concerned citizens expressing free speech about an issue of great importance. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/27/2022: Retweet of @HeathMayo – @AIPAC @RepDonBacon This is a great explanation of the “why” for standing with Israel. Not enough Republicans articulate this clearly—they just regurgitate the talking point and we lose the argument. This wins, though. Bravo, @RepDonBacon.”

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/27/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “.@RepDonBacon joined AIPAC to discuss his strong support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress. Watch the conversation on the AIPAC app: Join me on the AIPAC App… |   Link to video

Garcia (R-CA-25) 01/27/2022: Tweet –Today we remember the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Let us honor those who died, work to eradicate antisemitism, stand up for the victims of human rights abuses and double down on our partnership with Israel. #NeverForget #HolocaustRemembranceDay @RJC @AIPAC

Hern (R-OK-1) 01/27/2022: Tweet –Thank you! Oklahoma will always stand with our friend Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Long (R-MO-7) 01/27/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – Holocaust survivors from Buchenwald on the ship Haganah “unafraid” to the land of Israel in 1945. They raised the flag of Israel and sang ‘HaTikva’. #HolocaustMemorialDay Link to video

Long (R-MO-7) 01/28/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali –Thank you to the Israeli troops who are protecting Israel’s civilians in any weather. Link to image

Meng (D-NY-6) 01/27/2022: Tweet – Today on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must honor the memory of the millions we lost by continuing to stand together against antisemitism & hate. @AJCGlobal’s antisemitism report shows we still have a long way to go. We must act to protect our neighbors: The State of Antisemitism in America 2021… |

Steel (R-CA-48) 01/27/2022: Tweet – “In May 1945, Piri Katz was liberated after a childhood imprisoned in Auschwitz, Geislingen, & Dachau. Today, at 94, we honor Piri, an OC resident, as we observe #HolocaustRemembranceDay. Together, we must fight antisemitism & continue to support Israel. Piri’s Hope – Piri Katz’s Holocaust Survival Story | Our Rossmoor from the RHA – The Rossmoor Homeowners Association

Blackburn (R-TN) 01/27/2022: Tweet – On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are reminded of the brutal persecution & murder of more than 11 million innocent people, including 6 million Jews. Every day, we must commit to fighting antisemitism wherever present & continue to protect & defend our ally, Israel.”

Scott (R-FL) 01/27/2022: Tweet –On #HolocaustRemembranceDay, we honor the more than six million innocent Jews & countless others tragically lost. Today, we renew our pledge to #NeverForget & support the victims & to stand united with our Jewish community & ally Israel against anti-Semitism & hatred of any kind. Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – Happening now on the AIPAC app: Meet @RepDonBacon! Click here to watch: URLgenius: Enterprise Deeplinks for Smarter Mobile Marketing |   Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @YinamCohen – “Thank you @RepDonBacon. You are a true friend! Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @manuelrajunov –Proud of my friend @RepDonBacon! A true champion of the US-Israel alliance! Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “’Israel is the only democracy in that region. They share our values and we have an obligation to stand by people who share our values.’ – @RepDonBacon Watch our full conversation with Rep. Bacon on the AIPAC app: URLgenius: Enterprise Deeplinks for Smarter Mobile Marketing |   Link to video

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – Join us at 2 p.m. ET on the AIPAC app for a conversation with @RepDonBacon, a strong advocate for the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress. Click here to register and watch: Join me on the AIPAC App… |   Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 01/25/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – Show me one ancient Palestinian coin before the age of television. Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali –Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum will open an exhibition in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, teaching about Jewish history and stories. The exhibition will take place in a Synagogue in Sulawesi. #WeRemember Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – This is an important Jordanian document that proves that properties in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood (today known as Shimon HaTzaddik) are Jewish-owned. The #SaveSheikhJarrah activists should read this! Link to image

Rose (R-TN-6) 01/25/2022 (GETTR): The relationship between the United States and Israel is critical for peace in the Middle East. We must stand with our ally.”

Scott (R-FL) 01/25/2022: Tweet – “Honored to meet with members of South Florida’s Jewish community today. We’re so grateful for their support every day & are especially grateful for their strength & guidance after Surfside & recent anti-Semitic attacks. I’ll always stand with our Jewish community & ally Israel. Link to image

Steube (R-FL-17) 01/25/2022: Tweet – One year into Biden’s term and his administration has allowed a total of $249 million to go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. U.S. taxpayers should not be forced to contribute to teaching hatred of Israel and Jews. Read the letter I signed to Secretary Blinken Link to image

Torres (D-NY-15) 01/26/2022: Retweet of @AmbAsafZamir – Truly blessed to start the day with a dear friend of Israel and the Jewish community and an overall mensch. Thank you @RepRitchie for your time and your ongoing support Link to image

Waltz (R-FL-6) 01/25/2022: Retweet of @mbrooksrjc – “Israel+UAE=investment in the future Iran+houthis=terror and destruction Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali –Dear Netherlands – You have a hypocrite Ambassador in Israel. Link to video

Ossoff (D-GA) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @JacobMagid – .@ossoff met virtually today w/ @idanroll for 2nd time in 3 months. During hour-long zoom, they “discussed regional security in the Mideast, developments in Ukraine, Israeli-Pal peace & strengthening Israel-Georgia ties in commerce, tech, and public health,” per Ossoff’s office”

Rose (R-TN-6) 01/25/2022: Tweet – The relationship between the United States and Israel is critical for peace in the Middle East. We must stand with our ally.

Scott (R-FL) 01/24/2022: Tweet – The Biden administration’s refusal to inform Congress that it’s working with Russia on a nuclear agreement with Iran is completely unacceptable. Joe Biden needs to stop his weak appeasement of these adversaries & put our allies, like Ukraine & Israel, first. Link to quoted tweet

Miller (R-IL-15) 01/24/2022: Tweet –President Trump secured historic peace deals in the Middle East that the ‘experts’ said were impossible and led with peace through strength. Biden has had to abandon two US embassies in a single year. Biden and Blinken should be resigning in disgrace.”

Long (R-MO-7) 01/23/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – Radical Palestinians held a rally in Gaza where they chanted “Death to Saudi Arabia”, “Long live Iran” and held signs in solidarity with the Houthis and Qassem Soleimani. Link to image

Cline (R-VA-6) 01/21/2022: Tweet – From Afghanistan to Israel and now Ukraine, President Biden continues to fail our international allies. By implying that a “minor incursion” of Ukraine from Russian forces is acceptable, POTUS sent a message to the world that our friends can no longer count on the United States. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 01/21/2022: Twitter thread – This is a powerful statement. The UN is not perfect body, especially in its behavior toward Israel. But working alongside like-minded partners, we can lead the push for positive change. (1/2) UN General Assembly adopts Israeli resolution aimed at combating Holocaust denial… | Thank you, @USAmbUN, for your strong words of support and for cosponsoring this critical resolution. Holocaust denial and antisemitism must never be acceptable anywhere in the world. (2/2)



Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 01/27/2022: Tweet – Compelling piece by Dr. Muhammad Bakr Ghbeis and Eliot Engel on the need to prevent the normalization of the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The U.S. Must Oppose Normalizing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad |

Massie (R-KY-4) 01/27/2022: Tweet – Sanctions almost always punish innocent citizens more than the military and political leaders of countries. Link to quoted tweet

Cornyn (R-TX) 01/24/2022: Tweet –What a sad, bad joke Link to quoted tweet

Massie (R-KY-4) 01/23/2022: Tweet – Imagine thinking we should have a military base in the sovereign country of Syria. Link to quoted tweet

McCaul (R-TX-10) 01/22/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaulI am very concerned by the #ISIS attacks in #Iraq & #Syria and am continuing to monitor the situation. The U.S. must continue to support our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of the caliphate, including the repatriation of foreign fighters, women, & children. “I extend my condolences to the families of those killed by these barbaric ISIS attacks.””

Schakowsky (D-IL-9) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @AssyrianPolicy – As we continue our work to build support for Assyrian-American priorities in U.S. Congress, we are grateful to have champions like Rep. @janschakowsky, whose steadfast leadership and advocacy on behalf of our community has been vital. Link to image


Iran (including re: Houthis)

Cotton (R-AR) 01/28/2022: Tweet –If President Biden fails to deter—or severely punish—Putin for the crisis in Ukraine, China will look to Taiwan and the Iranians will continue to pursue nuclear weapons. Biden’s weak-kneed appeasement provokes Putin, America’s enemies… |

Scott (R-FL) 01/28/2022: Tweet – “Biden is weak. Weak on China Weak on Russia Weak on Iran Weak on Afghanistan Weak on the economy Link to video

Fallon (R-TX-4) 01/26/2022: Tweet –It is crucial that the nuclear negotiations with Iran end immediately.”

Babin (R-TX-36) 01/26/2022: Tweet –Biden wants to rejoin Obama’s disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal.   Iran has a history of broken promises and cannot be trusted.
 @POTUS is once again jeopardizing us and eroding our allies’ faith in us. Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/25/2022: Tweet –The #Houthis are now launching attacks on US troops in addition to civilian targets in #UAE. US foreign policy is badly in need of an urgent re-set. POTUS must immediately redesignate the Houthi rebels as a #FTO and cut off all weapons/support from Iran. UAE Says New Attack Repelled as Yemen’s Houthis Vow More – Bloomberg

Blackburn (R-TN) 01/25/2022: Tweet –Last week, Iran was the only member of the United Nations to vote against recognizing the Holocaust. The next day, the Biden administration gave Iran access to $18 million to fully re-enter the UN.”

Blackburn (R-TN) 01/25/2022: Tweet –Why did Joe Biden let Iran have $18 million and a say in the United Nations? The Iranian regime is run by terrorists.”

Gooden (R-TX-5) 01/26/2022: Tweet –Russia is planning an invasion of Ukraine. China is encroaching on Taiwan. Iran is advancing its nuclear ambitions. Afghanistan is controlled by terrorists. Democrats claim the world respects America again — where is it?”

Perry (R-PA-10) 01/26/2022: Tweet –@POTUS pledged to explore “other options” if the diplomatic route with Iran nuclear negations broke down. We’re now on our eighth round of talks — it’s abundantly clear they have no interest. Time to get at the “other options,” Mr. President, before it’s too late . #Iran Link to image

Arrington (R-TX-19) 01/24/2022: Twitter thread – President Biden must not mince words or use half measures with Russia. Putin will only respond to strength. I’m calling on the President to mobilize military assets, give Ukraine the weapons they need, & start sanctioning Russia NOW. Appeasement failed in Crimea. Learn the lesson and lead with resolve. If we fail to deter Russia, then China, Iran, and other adversaries will follow suit.”

Cramer (R-ND) 01/25/2022 (GETTR): I joined Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss my recent trip to Ukraine and Ukraine-Russia tensions. The stability of Europe is at stake. It’s not simply Ukraine, another former Soviet state again becoming a Soviet state, the ramifications are a stable or unstable Europe. If President Biden had been tougher up front and recognized Vladimir Putin’s ability to use Nord Stream 2 as leverage and as a weapon we may not be here today. We also discussed Democrats’ failed Build Back Broke plan and reports Seoul paid Iran’s delinquent United Nations dues to restore their vote. Watch the full interview here: Sen. Cramer Discusses Trip to Ukraine, Issues with Russia, and Democrats’ Build Back Broke Bill |

Cruz (R-TX) 01/24/2022: Twitter thread –Last week, I introduced legislation to impose sanctions on the Iranian-backed Houthis and re-designate them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. 1/x Sen. Cruz Leads Bill to Impose Sanctions on Iranian Backed Houthis, Re-designate them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization | U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas President Biden made it an immediate priority to unwind pressure on Iran and its proxies, including by lifting terrorism sanctions on the Houthis and their leaders – a reckless, self-indulgent, and catastrophic move. 2/x This appeasement predictably caused Iran to escalate its aggression across the region, and in Yemen the Houthis launched a broad offensive within hours of the Biden administration’s announcement they would lift those sanctions.3/x I’ve consistently sought to reimpose those sanctions, and it’s now clear that if the Biden administration is unwilling to do so then Congress should mandate that they do. 4/x”

Fulcher (R-ID-1) 01/25/2022: Tweet –Iran’s growing nuclear provocations, while stalling progress in negotiations, are the epitome of bad faith. I join my colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to not re-enter the JCPOA: Letter to Secretary of State Blinken – JCPOA Negotiations

Gooden (R-TX-5) 01/25/2022: Tweet –Joe Biden’s foreign policy decisions: Voted for the Iraq War Opposed killing Iran’s Qasem Soleimani Oversaw the rise of ISIS Advised against the Osama bin Laden raid Biden has been WRONG on every major decision in the last 4 decades.”

Hagerty (R-TN) 01/24/2022: Tweet – Each week brings new attacks by Iran-backed proxies in Yemen vs U.S. forces & allies in Middle East. Biden Admin should end talks to revive dangerously flawed Iran nuclear deal & to unleash tens of billions in sanctions relief to Iran’s terrorist regime. Link to quoted tweet

Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) 01/25/2022: Tweet – Biden removed the terrorist designation for Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Now they’re targeting bases with American service members. Listening to woke activists isn’t a foreign policy strategy. U.S. Intervenes to Repel Air Attack on United Arab Emirates… |

Risch (R-ID) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @SenateForeign –It was great to join @MikeEmanuelFox to discuss the most pressing foreign policy issues we face today including: unchecked #Russian aggression toward #Ukraine, #Iranian nuclear talks, and the future of #Taiwan. Link to quoted tweet

Stefanik (R-NY-21) 01/24/2022: Tweet –Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan, his failure to stand up to China, and his courting of Iran has only emboldened Putin. He has left our Ukrainian partners out to dry.”

Stefanik (R-NY-21) 01/24/2022: Tweet – No major foreign policy decisions should be made regarding Iran in secret especially when you have the track record of Joe Biden. Congress and the American people deserve transparency and communication on Joe Biden’s corrupt deal with Iran. Biden Admin Withholds Secret Iran Agreement From Congress | freebeacon.comAlso posted on GETTR

Waltz (R-FL-6) 01/24/2022: Tweet – Biden’s failed energy policies are directly leading to instability around the world. He’s moving us away from energy independence and the world towards Russian energy & Iranian oil dominance. Just look at Germany. We’re seeing in real time what dependency can do. Link to video

Waltz (R-FL-6) 01/25/2022: Tweet – Ned Price & the Biden Admin might not be linking the Afghanistan betrayal & Ukraine BUT our adversaries sure are. Losing two democracies in one year of Biden’s presidency will be a green light for China to take Taiwan & Iran’s nuclear build up. Inaction has consequences. Link to video

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/24/2022: Tweet – NO country should be selling weapons to Iran, who is STILL the #1 exporter of terrorism. I introduced H.R. 857 to restore these sanctions and limit Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East. Bacon, Wilson Introduce Iranian Arms Transfer Prevention Act of 2021… |   Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @Charbelantoun – “#Congress’s eyes on #Yemen, #Houthis & #Iran: During @DCAlhurra’s debate between @JSchanzer & @DBDesRoches on #Biden’s #Yemen policy, With @michelghandour,we featured stats from: @SenatorRisch /@SenateForeign; @ChrisCoons; @RepDonBacon: @ChrisMurphyCT Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/24/2022: Tweet – President Biden took the Houthis off the terrorist organization list, which was wrong. They’re regularly firing ballistic missiles and drones and targeting cities. President Biden said he’s reconsidering the terrorist designation…he should. Link to quoted tweet

Ernst (R-IA) 01/23/2022: Tweet –From President Biden’s reengagement with Iran’s malign regime, to his disastrous exit from Afghanistan, Vladimir Putin is seizing on a very weak administration and a doctrine of appeasement. Link to video

Gallagher (R-WI-8) 01/23/2022: Tweet – Rep. Gallagher: “Reports that the Biden administration is working with the Russians on a secret nuclear agreement with Iran are doubly concerning…The administration needs to end their simultaneous surrender to Russia and Iran before it’s too late.” Biden Admin Withholds Secret Iran Agreement From Congress… |

Murphy (D-CT) 01/22/2022: Tweet – “Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, a decision opposed by his Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, will go down as one of the dumbest, most dangerous foreign policy decisions of the last fifty years.Link to quoted tweet”. Retweeted by Schatz (D-HI)

Gallagher (R-WI-8) 01/22/2022: Tweet –Rep. Gallagher: “When it comes to Iran, the Biden Admin blame game is in full force. This suggests they can’t get a deal & need a scapegoat, or they are about to get an agreement even weaker than the JCPOA & need to justify it by blaming Trump for putting them in this position.” Link to video

Hagerty (R-TN) 01/21/2022: Tweet –By failing to enforce secondary sanctions on China’s purchases of Iran’s oil, President Biden is giving Iran’s terror regime billions in sanctions relief per year. Biden Admin’s deference has emboldened & unfortunately helped to finance Iran’s aggression.China Discloses Iranian Oil Imports as Nuclear Talks Drag On… |


Saudi Arabia-Yemen-UAE

Castro (D-TX-20) 01/27/2022: Twitter thread – … 4/ The last thing the world needs is a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.   The America COMPETES Act includes language from @EdMarkey, @SenJeffMerkley, @RepTedLieu, and my ‘Saudi WMD Act,’ to counter Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of ballistic missile & nuclear technology…”

Pocan (D-WI-2) 01/27/2022: Tweet –They’re not even trying to hide that death and destruction = profitability. Quite the business model, Raytheon Link to quoted tweet – “Raytheon CEO openly celebrating a drone attack in the UAE + rising tensions in Eastern Europe and the South China Sea”

Deutch (D-FL-22) 01/25/2022: Tweet –The escalation in Yemen is devastating. Critical infrastructure for civilians should not be targeted. The Yemeni people have suffered so greatly, this must end. Yemenis struggle without internet for third day after air strikes… |

Bush (D-MO-1) 01/25/2022: Tweet –Every day that the US continues to fund destruction in Yemen is another day that we are complicit in the deaths of civilians. Saudi Arabia must halt violent attacks in Yemen — and we must commit ourselves to a diplomatic strategy centered on saving lives.”

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/25/2022: Retweet of @tparsi – “Biden hasn’t condemned a single Saudi attack on Yemen since he took office. This jives with his strategy of “going back to basics” in the MidEast – ie investing in our existing “allies.” But as I explain in this piece, the basics ARE the problem. >> Opinion | How Biden can end America’s war-enabling reputation once and for all

Cotton (R-AR) 01/24/2022: Tweet – “Houthi rebels just attacked thousands of U.S. troops in an undeniable act of terrorism. But President Biden doesn’t believe we should call them terrorists. Over and over, this president has underestimated and misunderstood America’s enemies—a weakness they happily exploit. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @HSajwanization – “BREAKING: UN Security Council unanimously condemns terrorist attacks on civil facilities in UAE by Houthis.

McCaul (R-TX-10) 01/24/2022: Tweet –LR @RepMcCaul “The Houthis have again attacked Abu Dhabi, now targeting Al Dhafra airbase, which hosts U.S. troops. We should work with our partners to respond appropriately to these attacks and stop the Houthis’ assaults across the region. We must protect our servicemembers.” Link to quoted tweet

Warner (D-VA) 01/24/2022: Tweet –Houthis intentionally firing missiles at civilian targets in UAE is a tactic of terrorists. The UN Security Council should condemn the attacks as such and the Biden administration should explore labeling them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

Bacon (R-NE-2) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @naftalibennett – I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi carried out by the Iranian-backed Houthis and send condolences to the families of the innocent victims. Israel stands with the UAE. I stand with Mohammed bin Zayed. The world should stand against terror. Link to image

Khanna (D-CA-17) 01/24/2022: Tweet – We must not forget the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The US must end its complicity by stopping Saudi Arms sales and its support for the blockade.

Khanna (D-CA-17) 01/23/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan –Please do not look away from the ongoing horrors in Yemen; horrors that we as Americans have to take some responsibility for; horrors that the Biden administration doesn’t seem to want to stop. My commentary on @MSNBC. It’s important. Please watch/share: Link to video

Long (R-MO-7) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @Breaking911 –DEVELOPING: State-run news agency says United Arab Emirates intercepted ballistic missiles targeting capital, Abu Dhabi – AP”

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/23/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan –‘At the very minimum if [Biden officials] can’t force their pals the Saudis to end this barbaric & inhumane war against the Yemeni people, then at least stick to what they promised & end *our* involvement in it. Is that too much to ask?’ Me on Yemen: Link to video

Long (R-MO-7) 01/24/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – An Emirati F-16 destroyed a Houthi ballistic missile launcher in Al Jawf in Yemen after it launched to missiles at Abu Dhabi. The UAE has the right to defend itself against terrorism.  Link to video

Khanna (D-CA-17) 01/22/2022: Tweet –If bombing children playing soccer isn’t enough reason to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, what is? At least 60 reportedly killed, including children, in airstrikes in Yemen, says aid agency… |

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/22/2022: Retweet of @Abukar_Arman –#MBS’ war against Yemen is approaching its 8th yr with no end in sight. Sure #Yemen is being destroyed. This war has defamed, deformed & debased the Al-Saud Kingdom & scholars of the Sultan. It is a textbook case of strategic suicide. CHANGE THE COURSE. Saudi Strategic Suicide In Yemen And Muslim Scholars… |

Bowman (D-NY-16) 01/22/2022: Tweet –Sending love to Yemeni people. The US is complicit by arming Saudi Arabia and supporting the blockade in Yemen. The Biden administration can and must end all US engagement. I will work with Congress to cease US involvement. Airstrikes kill 70 people and knock out internet in Yemen… |

Castro (D-TX-20) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @USProgressives – “This is horrific news, further devastating Yemen. It’s also a predictable consequence of continuing to arm Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration must stop unauthorized participation in the Saudi war and bring its bombings and blockade to an end — as Congress has demanded. Link to quoted tweet

DeFazio (D-OR-4) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @MiddleEastEye – “‘President Biden promised to end US support for so-called ‘offensive’ operations in this war – but he never defined what this vague declaration actually meant. A year later, the US continues to directly support this war,’ said Congressman Peter DeFazio Democrats say Biden must clarify US role in Yemen conflict… |

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @Afrahnasser – “PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE. Get #Yemen trending! It’s a hell on earth right now. Innocent civilians are bombarded in cold blood, while the internet is down. I don’t know what to say else. At least 300 people were killed or wounded over the past 24 hours. I am running out of words…”

DeFazio (D-OR-4) 01/21/2022: Tweet“At the start of his term, Biden promised to end the US’s involvement in so-called ‘offensive’ operations in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. A year later, the U.S. still supports many offensive operations. It’s time to end our unauthorized involvement in endless wars across the globe. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 01/21/2022: Tweet – More devastating air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen = another clear sign that the United States cannot continue to enable SA. US arms sales fuel the conflict and lead to egregious civilian casualties. @POTUS must end arms sales to Saudi now! Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at Prison in Yemen, Officials Say… |

Lieu (D-CA-33) 01/21/2022: Twitter thread – “If the Saudi-led coalition intentionally or recklessly struck a prison in #Yemen where people are locked up and defenseless, that is a war crime. The @StateDept must investigate and call it a war crime and take action against Saudi Arabia if that is in fact what happened. Link to quoted tweet   Link to reply @rbyrnereilly @StateDept Is there anything inaccurate about the tweet and article that is below my tweet? Link to reply @LawyerNY @StateDept No. I’m on the Foreign Affairs Committee. This is one of my lanes. Link to reply @Dane__Garcia @StateDept If it was done intentionally or recklessly, yes that’s a war crime. Link to reply @4xright1 @StateDept Pretty sure that didn’t happen. Link to reply @bryan2_60 @StateDept Feel free to read on my official website all the votes and actions I’ve taken regarding the Uyghur issue. Link to reply @DIPGparent @StateDept There is an investigation. And yes I believe all potential war crimes should be investigated.”

Murphy (D-CT) 01/21/2022: Tweet –These strikes aren’t proportional. They aren’t legal. The Saudi coalition needs to end this offensive now. At least 60 reportedly killed, including children, in airstrikes in Yemen, says aid agency… |

Omar (D-MN-5) 01/21/2022: Retweet of @USProgressives –This is horrific news, further devastating Yemen. It’s also a predictable consequence of continuing to arm Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration must stop unauthorized participation in the Saudi war and bring its bombings and blockade to an end — as Congress has demanded. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 01/21/2022: Tweet – Your taxpayer dollars enabled these war crimes. The Saudi coalition and its backers – including the US – must be held accountable. @POTUS could end US support for the war today – what’s the wait? Yemen: Scores killed as ‘horrific’ air strike destroys detention centre… |



Murphy (D-CT) 01/28/2022: Tweet – “This was the right move, and one that I have been pushing the Administration to make. America needs to put its money where its mouth is on human rights in Egypt. Link to quoted tweet

Murphy (D-CT) 01/28/2022: Retweet of @AndrewDesiderio – “Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT confirms the Biden administration is reprogramming $130 million in military aid intended for Egypt over concerns about its human-rights record. “It sends the important message abroad that we will back up our commitment to human rights with action…” Link to image

Egypt Human Rights Caucus 1/25: Statement of Egypt Human Rights Caucus on the Egyptian Government’s Pending Deadline to Comply with Human Rights Conditions on US Taxpayer Gifted Weapons; Tweets – Beyer (D-VA-8), Malinowski (D-NJ-7)

Cornyn (R-TX) 01/25/2022: Retweet of @glcarlstrom – “Germany: we can’t send weapons to Ukraine, we have a restrictive arms-export policy based on our history Also Germany: German weapons exports hit record with bumper Egypt sales | News | DW | 18.01.2022

Deutch (D-FL-22) 01/25/2022: Tweet – “Remarkable to see this event take place in Egypt. As Intl Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches, I urge all governments to publicly recognize the horrors of the Holocaust and commit to #NeverAgain International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event Held at U.S. Embassy in Cairo… |

Menendez (D-NJ) 01/25/2022: Tweet – “11 years ago today, Egyptians took to the streets demanding freedom, justice and change. The US remains committed to working with #Egypt to advance key human rights goals, including ensuring the right to freedom of expression & protecting the work of civil society organizations. Link to quoted tweet

Murphy (D-CT) 01/25/2022: Tweet – “The Biden Administration held back military aid to Egypt pending fulfillment of a list of human rights conditions. It’s time to do the right thing and reprogram the aid if the conditions have not been fully met. ‘We’re next’: Prisoner’s secret filming appears to show torture in Cairo police station | Global development | The Guardian



Pallone (D-NJ-6) 01/22/2022: Tweet – “Turkey is an autocratic, human rights abusing regime that continues to commit atrocities at home and abroad. Selling F-16 fighter jets would be a huge mistake, rewarding them for bad behavior that goes against the country’s NATO commitments. F-16 Sale Could Mend U.S., Turkey Ties, But Tension With Russia Intrudes… |



Bishop (R-NC-9) 01/26/2022: Tweet – “How’s the Biden Admin vetting every one of these individuals? And why are they not prioritizing the Americans that are still trapped in Afghanistan? Link to quoted tweet

Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 01/24/2022: Twitter thread – “Given the huge local need for rapid COVID tests, I recently facilitated a donation of more than 13k test kits to Central Jersey counties. I joined Somerset and Union officials today in distributing kits to our first responders, so they can continue to serve us. Link to image I’m grateful to the government of Qatar for a generous donation that made this possible, and for its support for local public health efforts across our country. Just as the US is helping vaccinate the world, it’s good to have partners helping out here! I’m also grateful to the Biden administration for enabling every American to order free at home tests at – Free at-home COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing everything in my power to deliver for NJ07 residents and for the police, fire & EMS personnel who risk all for us.”


Other – Middle East

McCaul (R-TX-10) 01/28/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “Terrorist attacks in THE SAHEL were a record high in 2021, with a 70% increase from last year. ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates on the continent continue to grow, capitalizing on fragile governments, marginalized communities and lack of economic opportunity. “The U.S. and our partners must do more to address this rising threat. Passage of my Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Act would be an important start. This report by @AfricaACSS is staggering, TERRORISM IS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE CONTINENT.Surge in Militant Islamist Violence in the Sahel Dominates Africa’s Fight against Extremists – Africa Center for Strategic Studies… |