FMEP Legislative Round-Up: June 10, 2022


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

Recent Events

  • 6/9/22: FMEP’s Lara Friedman participated in a webinar convened by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jerusalem: US Foreign Policy and its Impact — alongside Khaled Elgindy (Middle East Institute) and Dr. Osama Abuirshaid (American Muslims for Palestine), moderated by AMP’s Tarek Khalil.
  • 6/3/22: A new edition of FMEP’s Occupied Thoughts Podcast — “How AIPAC Punishes Candidates Who Support Palestinian Rights,” ft. FMEP fellow Peter Beinart in conversation with Waleed Shahid (spokesperson & communications director of Justice Democrats).
  • 6/1/22: FMEP’s Lara Friedman participated on a panel convened by the Baker Institute (Rice University), Israelis, Palestinians, & the Slide to a Post-2-State Reality” — alongside  Samih Al-Abid (Baker Institute), Omar Rahman (Middle East Council on Global Affairs) & Gilead Sher (Baker Institute), and moderated by Robert Barron (USIP)

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(LEVERAGING ABRAHAM ACCORDS TO PROMOTE REGIONAL ANTI-IRAN “DEFENSE ARCHITECTURE”) HR 7987 (pdf) & S. 4366 (pdf): Introduced in the House 6/8/22 by McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 5 bipartisan cosponsors, and in the Senate 6/9/22 by Ernst (R-IA) and 3 bipartisan cosponsors [in both chambers, original sponsors are leaders/members of the House and Senate Abraham Accords Caucuses], the “Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses Act of 2022,” aka the “DEFEND Act of 2022,“ aka, ”To require the Secretary of Defense to seek cooperation with allies and partners in the Middle East to identify an architecture and develop an acquisition approach for certain countries in the Middle East to implement an integrated air and missile defense capability to protect the people, infrastructure, and territory of such countries from cruise and ballistic missiles, manned and unmanned aerial systems, and rocket attacks from Iran, and for other purposes.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs & Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Also see:

(SHUT DOWN USAID – BUT WITH NOD TO ISRAEL) Rand Paul amdt to HR 3967 (text): This week the Senate took up HR 3967, the “Honoring our PACT Act of 2021.” This is a bill that (per the official summary) “addresses health care, presumption of service-connection, research, resources, and other matters related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service.” Notably, Sen. Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment [not taken up by the Senate] to add a provision stating: “During the 10-year period beginning on October 1, 2022, no Federal funds may be expended by the United States Agency for International Development other than funds that have been appropriated for Israel.” For the record: The government of Israel does not receive any USAID funding. It receives Foreign Military Financing, a small amount of Migration and Refugee Assistance, and additional funds via the Defense Appropriations bill. Yes, there is funding via USAID for “shared society” projects involving Israeli and Palestinians groups, under the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA), but that funding is not “appropriated for Israel.” So in effect, Paul’s amendment includes support for non-existent Israel aid as cover for an effort to shut down USAID worldwide.

(DISAPPROVING OF WEAPONS SALES TO EGYPT) S. J. Res. 50, S. J. Res. 51, & S. J. Res. 52: Introduced 6/6/22 (the first two) and 6/7/22 (the third) by Paul (R-KY) and no cosponsors, both entitled, “A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of Egypt of certain defense articles and services.” Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


(META & IRAN DISSIDENTS) Banks et al letter to Zuckerberg: On 6/7/22 the Washington Free Beacon reported on an un-dated letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg regarding “reports of content censorship and account closures of Iranian pro-democracy and anti-authoritarian activists on Meta’s social media platforms, such as Instagram1 amid popular protests in Iran triggered by the clerical regime’s economic mismanagement, while the regime is repressing these protests.” The letter, signed by Banks (R-IN), Tenney (R-NY), and Wilson (R-SC) requests that Meta Platforms respond by June 10th to a list of questions “pertaining to the allegations of systematic censorship and discrimination against anti-Islamic Republic activists.” Also see:

(RE-CALIBRATE US-SAUDI RELATIONSHIP) Schiff et al letter to Biden: On 6/7/22 — in light of reports that Biden will visit Saudi Arabia — Rep. Schiff (D-CA) – chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence- led a letter to President Biden, co-signed by 5 other committee chairs [Thompson (D-MS), Homeland Security Committee chair; Meeks (D-NY), Foreign Affairs Committee chair; Maloney (D-NY), Committee on Oversight and Reform chair; Smith (D-WA), Armed Services Committee chair;, and Lynch (D-MA), National Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform chair]. As summarized in Schiff’s press release, the letter urges Biden to “further recalibrate the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia” and to “forcefully advocate for a more balanced bilateral relationship that benefits everyday Americans and reaffirms long-standing American values.” Specifically, the letter urges Biden to prioritize: “Securing further Saudi commitments to stabilize global energy markets and definitively abandon its Trump-era oil production deal with Russia…Continuing the suspension of offensive U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen while pressing for the initiation of multi-party peace talks…Ending the Kingdom’s arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, as well as other human rights abuses…Reiterating the U.S. demand for accountability, in line with established international legal standards, for the murder of journalist and American legal resident Jamal Khashoggi…Holding firm to the longstanding U.S. policy of requiring robust safeguards for any civil nuclear cooperation…Underscoring the risks of greater strategic cooperation with China.”  Also see:

(INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO KILLING OF SHIREEN ABU AKLEH) Ossoff-Romney letter to Blinken: On 6/6/22, Sens. Ossoff (D-GA) and Romney (R-UT) sent a letter to SecState Blinken about the killing of American-Palestinian journalists Shireen Abu Akleh. The senators urge the State Department to “ensure there is a full and transparent investigation and accountability for Ms. Akleh’s death” and asserts that “The killing of a U.S. citizen and of a journalist engaged in the work of reporting in a conflict zone is unacceptable. All over the world, journalists pursue truth and accountability at great personal risk. Press freedom is a core American value, and we cannot accept impunity when journalists are killed in the line of duty.” The letter concludes even more forcefully, stating: We insist that the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served for Ms. Akleh’s death. Please provide a detailed update on the progress of this effort within 30 days.” Also see:

(CONCERNS RE ISRAEL & VISA WAIVER PROGRAM) On 6/6/22, Jewish Insider published a Dear Colleague letter being circulated in the House by Rep. Tlaib (D-MI). That Dear Colleague is seeking co-signers on a letter to the Biden Administration expressing “deep concern regarding continuing reports of discriminatory treatment of American passport holders by the Government of Israel.” The letter goes on to observe (accurately): “The current government of Israel’s discriminatory policies place the country well outside the requirements incumbent on all countries to join the Visa Waiver Program, which include, among other things, having ‘reciprocal privileges to citizens and nationals of the United States.’” It also observes (also accurately): “unless the Israeli government ends all ethnically, racially, religiously, and politically based discrimination against American citizens at its borders, it is ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program, regardless of any purported ‘justification.’ Israel’s inclusion in the program would represent an endorsement of travel discrimination against American citizens by the federal government.” The letter goes on to ask the State Department to answer a series of questions related to the U.S. government’s consideration of Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program. Also see:

(MORE US ENGAGEMENT ON ISR-PAL TO SAVE 2SS) Price et al letter to Blinken:  On 6/3/22, Reps. Price (D-NC), Lee (D-CA), Wexton (D-VA), and Castro (D-TX) sent a letter, signed by 80 Members of Congress, to SecState Blinken, expressing concern and urgency regarding ongoing developments that serve as flashpoints for escalating violence in the region and push a two-state solution further out of reach.” The letter requests “an update on the concrete steps the Biden administration is taking to deter harmful actions,” specifically citing settler violence, settlement expansion, demolitions (of Palestinian homes, businesses, and infrastructure), Israeli government spending on settlements, and Palestinian prisoner payments. The letter closes: Like you, we strongly believe that two-state diplomacy remains critical. Dangerous flashpoints related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have a way of rapidly increasing tension and violence in the region without active U.S. leadership. As a result, the United States must harness its substantial influence to exercise leadership and continue its historical role as an honest broker in ending this conflict and serve as a clear, consistent voice for peace and human rights. It is therefore critical that the United States actively work to ensure both parties remain committed to halting counterproductive measures that undermine the viability of two states for two peoples. We look forward to hearing from you on these important issues.” Also see:

(ENDORSE ISRAELI FRAMING RE: INVESTIGATION OF DEATH OF AMCIT JOURNALIST) Gottheimer et al letter to Blinken: On 6/3/22, Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ) led a letter, signed by a total of 25 House members (bipartisan) embracing the Israeli government’s call for a joint Israeli-Palestinian investigation and attacking the Palestinian Authority for its “obstinate position” of refusing to turn over to Israel the bullet that killed Ms. Abu Akleh. The letter calls on Blinken to “ask the Palestinian Authority to provide access to the forensic evidence in Abu Akleh’s death for an independent investigation, so that all parties can reach a definitive conclusion about the events leading to her death, and hold all parties accountable.” Also see:

(SANCTION SYRIAN OFFICIALS OVER TADAMON MASSACRE) Kinzinger-Boyle letter to Biden: On 6/1/22 (not previously reported in the Round-Up), Reps, Kinzinger (R-IL) and Boyle (D-PA) — co-chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging targeted sanctions against key Syrian officials in light of a recently-released video documenting Bashar al-Assad’s military murdering innocent Syrian civilians. Also see:

2. Hearings

June 22, 2022: The House Foreaign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing entitled, Examining the U.S. Interest in Regional Security Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Objectives.” No witnesses have been announced as of 6/10/22.

June 22, 2022: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a mark-up of the FY23 Defense Authorization bill (following subcommittee markups June 8-9, 2022).

June 13 & June 16, 2022: The Senate Armed Services Committee will be holding CLOSED mark-ups (Round 1 – subcommittees; Round 2 – full committee) to deal with the FY23 Defense Authorization Bill.

June 16, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nominations by President Biden of several individuals to Middle East-related positions: Tamara Cofman Wittes ( to be a USAID Assistant Administrator – nominated almost a year ago but stalled by SFRC Republicans); Michael Ratney (to be US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia); and Timmy Davis (to be US Ambassador to Qatar).

June 15, 2022: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing entitled, Current Status of ISIS and al Qaeda.”  Witnesses will be: Samantha Vinograd, US Department of Homeland Security; Karen Dowling, Directorate of Intelligence, National Counterterrorism Center; and Timothy Langan, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

June 15, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a CLOSED/Classified (TS/SCI) briefing, Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program and U.S. Strategy. Scheduled briefers will be: Brett McGurk (NSC/Deputy Assistant to the President & North Africa Coordinator); Robert Malley (State Department Special Envoy for Iran); and “Official Briefer” (Office of the Director of National Intelligence).

June 9, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a Business Meeting at which it considered — and approved, as amended by an amendment offered by Cruz — Rep. McCaul’s (R-TX) HR 6089, aka, the “Stop Iranian Drones Act.” The committee did not approve an amendment  offered by Johnson (R-WI) that sought to add language regarding any future Iran nuclear agreement (to require Senate approval of any such agreement and to add a new, wholesale  limitation with respect to sanctions relief). Also see: Risch (R-ID) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Since Biden started negotiations to rejoin the #JCPOA, #Iran has sponsored drone attacks against U.S. troops & diplomats, + our regional partners. This legislation will impose serious costs on the Iranian drone program and its supporters.”

June 8, 2022: **RESCHEDULED** The House Appropriations Committee’s SFOPS subcommittee will hold a hearing, Fiscal year 2023 Budget Request for the United Nations (UN).” The sole witness will be US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. [Note: any discussion in Congress of the UN can be counted on to be an occasion for extensive grandstanding in support of Israel and attacks on the Palestinians].

June 8, 2022: **POSTPONED** The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact will hold a hearing, The FY23 Budget Request: United Nations and International Organizations.” The sole schdeduled witness (so far) is Michele J. Sison,  Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs [Note: any discussion in Congress of the UN can be counted on to be an occasion for extensive grandstanding in support of Israel and attacks on the Palestinians].

June 8, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a two-panel hearing entitled, The Path Forward On U.S.-Syria Policy: Strategy And Accountability.” Witnesses on panel 1 were newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf (statement) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul (statement). Panel 2 witnesses were be Dr. Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (statement),  and witness who is given the name, “The Gravedigger”, described as “Witness to Mass Graves in Syria” (statement).


3. On the Record

Media – General

Washington Free Beacon 6/9/22: Republicans Want To Slash Aid to Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Nations

The Dispatch (Danielle Pletka) 6/9/22: Bad News for Biden: Congress Cooling on Idea of an Iran Deal

Responsible Statecraft 6/1/22: Congress begins effort to end US role in Yemen war


Media & Members – Elections


The Jewish Chronicle (UK) 6/8/22: Saint Bernie: the Democrats’ moral compass? [hit piece attacking Sen. Sanders, I-VT]

Haaretz 6/7/22: Racist Antisemites, but pro-Israel: The Choice Facing U.S. Orthodox Jews at the Polls

Al Jazeera 6/7/22: US elections: How pro-Israel spending affects Palestine advocacy

Arab American Institute 6/5/22: ​​The Progressive/Moderate Battle in the Democratic Party

The Forward 6/3/22: Why are AIPAC and J Street endorsing the same candidates?

Washington Examiner 6/2/22: Democrats go to war against Israel

FrontPage Magazine 6/2/22: The Last Jewish Congressman in New York

Michigan – Levin

The American Prospect 6/9/22: Will AIPAC Crush One of Congress’s Most Prominent Jewish Democrats? [“Former union organizer and synagogue president Andy Levin is being challenged by AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups, largely over his progressive views.”]

AIPAC 06/07/2022: Tweet – “55 years ago today, Israel reunited Jerusalem and opened the city to people of all faiths. Now, @Andy_Levin is leading an effort to divide Jerusalem once again and cut the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall from Israel. That’s not pro-Israel.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “AIPAC uses disinformation techniques to spread lies about candidates. It funds 109 lawmakers who sided with insurrectionists to overturn our election. It endorses advocates of the deadly antisemitic “great replacement” conspiracy theory. AIPAC’s actions threaten our democracy. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @harryreis – “This is astounding. Just straight misinformation. But the real question is how Democrats who accept @AIPAC endorsements or PAC money are okay with this. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @N8W0LF – “@AIPAC @Andy_Levin Ever wonder how AIPAC gets 160 RTs in 5 minutes on certain tweets that attack progressives, but NOT on their usual tweets? It’s astroturfing. 100% astroturfing. And it’s because they know the actual majority of American Jews don’t agree with their far-right positions. Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @jacobkornbluh – ““What I really think is happening, and won’t work, is a politics of intimidation in the Jewish community to try to tear me down,” Rep. @Andy_Levin told me re; AIPAC’s attacks Jewish congressman calls attacks by AIPAC ‘ridiculous’ |   Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “This is a lie. There is not one way in which this assertion about @Andy_Levin is true. AIPAC has fully embraced Donald Trump’s “facts don’t matter” approach just like the 100+ insurrectionist-aligned lawmakers it funds and endorses. It’s utterly shameful what AIPAC’s become. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “I’m overwhelmed by the encouraging messages since this clip was shared. Y’all, @AIPAC has already started running digital ads against me. I need you to chip in so we can send a message that they won’t silence our moral movement…”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “Andy Levin does far more for Israel’s democracy and security than most lawmakers. AIPAC undermines America’s democracy and security by funding 100+ lawmakers who sided with violent insurrectionists and endorsing advocates of the deadly antisemitic “great replacement” conspiracy. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @DrShushan – “¡POP QUIZ! On the L: Former synagogue prez, union organizer, progressive champ @Andy_Levin On the R: Insurrectionist Repub Greg Steub who flashes guns in a committee hearing & believes “there is no place for abortion in a civilized society” Which one is endorsed by @AIPAC? Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @jstreetdotorg – “This election, there’s a clear moral test: The choice between supporting insurrectionists and fighting for our democracy. It’s remarkably sad that some organizations have failed that test. Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @Bsamuels0 – “A must-listen @AllisonKSommer interview with @RepAndyLevin on this week’s @haaretzcom podcast on his contentious Michigan primary battle, @AIPAC’s role in funding attacks against progressive candidates and who gets to define being “pro-Israel” LISTEN: AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He’s fighting back

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @DrShushan – “Rep. @Andy_Levin: “My Jewish identity is central to everything I do.” “I’m a happy warrior for justice & I do it in the most Jewish way.” “To use the kind of language that they’re using against me just because I won’t tow AIPAC’s exact line is wrong.” LISTEN: AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He’s fighting back

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @BoldProgressive – “Corporate dark money groups like AIPAC are going all out to try to defeat Andy Levin. But we can’t let them. Andy has put everything on the line to champion the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, & the PRO Act. Help reelect the Shop Steward of Congress!

Michigan – Tlaib

Arab American News 6/5/22: Pro-Israel, pro-corporate outside funds thrown at campaign opposing Talib in 12th District primary

New York

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “#Endorsement Alert  Harley Lippman, the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Israel Day Parade, has endorsed me for re-election to represent #NY12 I represent a vibrant Jewish community & am proud of the work Harley & I have done to combat anti-Semitism. Link to image

Nadler (D-NY-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Honored to receive @USJewishDems endorsement. As the Dean of the Jewish House Members, I’m proud of our work together fighting anti-semitism and domestic terrorism, standing up for Israel and a two-state solution, and promoting the Jewish values of equality and justice. #NY12 Link to quoted tweet


Jewish Insider 6/9/22: Las Vegas congressional candidate endorsed BDS movement in DSA questionnaire


Newman (D-IL-3) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @halalflow – “Marie Newman who didn’t go against the party in anyway — even voted for the bipartisan Infrastructure bill — gets 100s of 1000s spent against her by DMFI, because she was mildly critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians: Link to quoted tweet

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @BoldProgressive – “In #IL06, corporate-funded PACs like DMFI are doubling down on their efforts to take out progressive women. Bold progressive champion @Marie4Congress says: “I’m just not having it.” Neither are we — chip in to keep Marie Newman in Congress! A loss for any of these progressives could cost Democrats control of Congress…. |

The Intercept 6/2/22: With New Ad Buy, DMFI Turns Its Sights on Another Progressive Candidate: Rep. Marie Newman [Re-tweeted by Newman (D-IL-3), Newman (D-IL-3)]

New Jersey

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Which Republican will take on top GOP target Josh Gottheimer?


AIPAC 6/8/22: Tweet – “Yet another AIPAC-backed pro-Israel progressive wins their election against an anti-Israel candidate! Congratulations to @RobertGarcia on your win! Support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is both good policy and good politics.”

United Democracy Project (AIPAC PAC) 6/8/22: tweet – “United Democracy Project congratulates pro-Israel progressive Democratic candidate Robert Garcia (CA-42)…. Mayor Garcia’s win makes it clear, yet again, that support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is both good policy and good politics in primary elections.” [saying the traditionally quiet part loud and proud here]

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Quaye Quartey outlines approach to Israel in position paper ahead of California primary

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Meet the four candidates vying to represent one of L.A.’s Jewish hubs

Jewish Insider 6/6/22: In Orange County, a controversial challenger threatens to boot Young Kim off the ballot

Jewish Insider 6/3/22: In South L.A. race, same last name but different political styles — and approaches on Israel


Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “ENDORSEMENT ALERT The @RJC has endorsed my campaign for re-election! From my time in the Air Force helping stand up missile defense in Israel to my time in Congress championing the security and prosperity of the Jewish community, I’m honored by this endorsement. Link to image


Members on the Record

Slamming Biden Admin for Enhancing Status of Palestinian Section at US Embassy

Scott (R-FL) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Just like they do with Iran, this is the Biden admin appeasing those who harbor & sponsor terrorism & turning its back on our great ally, Israel. We must pass the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 to block the admin’s efforts to subvert the law. Link to quoted tweet

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Last year, I forced the Biden Admin to admit that the US can’t open an official US consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem without the consent of the Gov. of Israel, but the Admin now appears to be trying to create an unofficial US consulate. I unequivocally oppose this plan. Link to image

Zeldin (R-NY) 6/10/22: press release – Rep. Zeldin Statement on Biden Admin’s New Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem

Hagerty (R-TN) 6/9/22: press release – Hagerty Statement on the Biden Administration’s Plan to Circumvent U.S. Law and Create an Unofficial U.S. Consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem



Tlaib (D-MI-13) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @RepRashida – “Social media has been one of the only places for us to get first-hand accounts from Palestinians about the occupation & violence they face. That’s why I’m writing to urge @Facebook, @instagram, @Twitter & @tiktok_us to cease censorship and ensure Palestinian voices are heard. Link to image

Tenney (R-NY) + JINSA’s Michael Makovsky 6/8/22: Newsweek op-ed — The Biden Administration Must Crack Down on Hamas’ Disinformation Campaign

Lesko (R-AZ-8) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “I signed on to @RepBrianMast and @RepLeeZeldin’s bill to require the State Department to report on whether schools in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority or Gaza are teaching material that incites hatred against Israel.

Bush (D-MO-1) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @RepPressley – “Housing is a human right. The destruction of these homes and displacement of these families would be devastating. We’re calling on Secretary Blinken to engage immediately. #MasaferYatta Progressive Lawmakers Demand Stop to Israeli “War Crime” in Masafer… |


Attacking BDS & “Mapping” project

Jewish Insider 6/9/22: Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says — with comments from Auchincloss (D-MA),

Schatz (D-HI) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “This is horrific and dangerous, and will imperil people. Link to quoted tweet

Clark (D-MA) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “My response to the “Mapping Project” [full statement]

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “BDS is anti-Semitic through and through, and I will ALWAYS condemn those who condone and take part in it. I stand with Ritchie in speaking out against this disgusting and hateful act. Link to quoted tweet

Nadler (D-NY-10) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Not only is BDS counterproductive and destructive to Middle East peace, this is an extremely dangerous use of antisemitic tropes that could lead to violence. This group should apologize and take down this reprehensible, grossly antisemitic “project” immediately. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @BurtonJM – “Strong, and greatly appreciated, message from ⁦@RepAuchincloss⁩ re Boston BDS map of Jewish groups, saying it has ‘potential to incite violence.’ #mapoli (⁦@J_Insider⁩) Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says |

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Boston BDS & the Mapping Project are tapping into millennia-old antisemitic tropes. To name names & keep lists, which has a sinister resonance to the targeting of Jews throughout history, is irresponsible. They need to take down the map & apologize Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says… |

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @J_Insider – “.@RepAuchincloss denounced the chart, created and circulated by a Boston pro-BDS group, that alleged Jewish groups were connected to a network of government, media and police Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says |

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepAuchincloss for your moral leadership and outspoken opposition to the discriminatory anti-Israel, anti-peace BDS campaign. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @DemMaj4Israel – “Thank you, @RepAuchincloss, for speaking out and condemning this blatant and dangerous antisemitism from Boston BDS and the Mapping Project. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @RWPUSA – “On January 6 we learned how fragile democracy can be. Rep. @JakeAuch exposes another extremist group for inciting hate and potential violence. Frightening. Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says… |

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @J_Insider – “Read today’s #DailyKickoff: Auchincloss blasts Boston BDS map Full briefing Daily Kickoff: Auchincloss blasts Boston BDS map… |

Moulton (D-MA-6) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Targeting the Jewish community like this is wrong and it is dangerous. It is irresponsible. This project is an anti-Semitic enemies list with a map attached. Link to quoted tweet

Torres (D-NY-15) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “The BDS movement put together “a mapping project” that accuses Jewish and “Zionist” institutions of various evils in American society. Scapegoating is a common symptom of Antisemitism, which at its core is a conspiracy theory. BDS map ties police, media to Boston Jewish, ‘Zionist’ institutions… |   BDS map ties police, media to Boston Jewish, ‘Zionist’ institutions… | If you think “Zionists” are to blame for the ills of American society, you are as much of a conspiratorial crackpot as Marjorie Taylor Greene, with her sick fantasies about Jewish space lasers.


Targeting UN Commission of Inquiry 

Frankel (D-FL-21) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “I spoke with @USAmbUN about the need for U.S. engagement to combat anti-Israel bias & antisemitism within the @UN_HRC & @UNRWA, & expressed my continued support for UN organizations focused on empowering women & girls, such as the @UNFPA & @UN_Women. Watch our discussion: Link to video

Letlow (R-LA-5) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “At today’s @HouseAppropsGOP subcommittee hearing, we questioned @USAmbUN about what the United States is doing to push back against the UN Human Rights Council’s unfair targeting of Israel. Link to video

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The Commission of Inquiry’s report to @UN_HRC continues to demonstrate a clear and undeserved bias against Israel. This report will do nothing to advance prospects for a two-state solution. UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… |

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “It is no surprise that this one-sided commission produced a one-sided report to promote the longstanding anti-Israel bias of the UN Human Rights Council, which continues to whitewash real crises like the CCP’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs. “This open-ended commission is a dangerous example of how UN agencies and international organizations can be unfairly weaponized against democracies. The United States must reject these distortions and stand with our ally Israel.”UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… |

Rice (D-NY-4) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Glad to see @StateDept calling out the UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry’s report on Israel for what it is: a biased one-sided report that does nothing to promote peace. This obsession with demonizing Israel must stop. Link to quoted tweet

Rogers (R-AL-3) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Another example of why Congress must pass my legislation to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. The UN is completely worthless and their anti-Israel bias is disgusting. UN continues to show bias against Israel – editorial

Manning (D-NC-6) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The UN Commission of Inquiry issued the first report in its open-ended probe targeting and aimed at discrediting Israel. I remain committed to pushing back against this biased investigation and UNHRC’s clear pattern of singling out and undermining Israel. Press Releases… |

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The first report from the UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry confirmed that the process would be biased from the get-go. I appreciate the Biden Administration’s continued efforts to strongly push back on those at the UN who continue to advance their scurrilous obsession with Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Portman (R-OH) 06/07/2022: Twitter thread – “This report by the @UN_HRC ‘s Commission of Inquiry is simply yet another baseless attack by the UN against the legitimacy of our ally Israel. The report reinforces previous biased UN reports on the conflict, whitewashes Palestinian terrorism, and places blame for the current conflict on Israelis. The facts are that Israel is a prosperous and democratic country which respects the rights of all people. It is the terrorists in Gaza and the unproductive leaders of the West Bank that are the greatest impediments to peace, not Israel.”

Risch (R-ID) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The @UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on #Israel released a biased report today. I do not support this Commission of Inquiry or its findings. The @UN needs to stop picking on Israel & focus on worse human rights abusers such as #Putin & #Xi.”

Schneider (D-IL-10) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @StateDeptSpox – “The U.S. seeks a negotiated two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. The @HRC’s open-ended, biased, and vaguely defined Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza does not advance prospects for that peace. The UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on the Situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza – United States Department of State

Tenney (R-NY-22) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @jinsadc – “On this week’s UN report raising “serious concerns regarding the compliance of Israel with…international humanitarian law,” @RepTenney and JINSA CEO @MichaelMakovsky write: “there is neither truth nor legal basis for such claims.” Via @Newsweek The Biden administration must crack down on Hamas’ disinformation campaign | Opinion

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The clearly biased @UN_HRC’s Commission of Inquiry report continues a longstanding pattern of singling out and undermining Israel at the HRC. The existence of the prejudiced Inquiry Commission does nothing but undermine the prospects for peace. UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… |



Kelly (D-AZ) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “I’m advocating that we fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs, including Iron Dome, in this year’s defense appropriations. A bipartisan group of us in the Senate are working to ensure support for Israel’s self defense and joint R&D to counter shared threats.”

Green (R-TN-7) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Tehran is a state sponsor of terrorism, has killed U.S. soldiers, and threatens Israel’s existence. Disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations must stop immediately. Iran Turns Off U.N. Surveillance Cameras at Nuclear Site – The New York Times

Chabot (R-OH-1) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “As co-chair of the Israel Allies Caucus, I had the opportunity to speak at the @IsraelAllies Foundation Jerusalem Day event. It is important that we fight for an indivisible Jerusalem and help combat antisemitism. Thank you for having me! Link to image

Israeli Ambassador to US 6/8/22: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to meet with @RepGregoryMeeks today. We discussed some of the most pressing issues facing our two nations and ways to broaden bilateral and regional cooperation. Thank you for your strong support of Israel and continued friendship.”

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “So any comment from @POTUS or @SpeakerPelosi on #Iran’s latest military threat against #Israel, or too busy prepping political theater and character assassinations?

Long (R-MO-7) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “#Ukraine urges #Israel to buy #IronDome | The Daily Star Ukraine urges Israel to buy Iron Dome… |

Khanna (D-CA) 06/07/2022: Statement in the Record – Honoring The Service Of Israel’s Consul General To The Pacific Northwest Shlomi Kofman

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/05/2022: In reply to Tweet“@IDF Eternal vigilance is what’s in order. (Thank GOD for our IDF!) And a willingness to negotiate is in order to live in peace. Are the terrorists listening, or do they only understand power & strength? Keep up y’all’s superb protection IDF! GOD be with y’all!”

Long (R-MO-7) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @BreitbartNews – “The Israeli Air Force simulated an attack on Iranian nuclear targets with dozens of fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday night, the Israeli military said. Israeli Air Force Simulates Attack on Iran Nuclear Targets |

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/04/2022: Tweet – “Israel Builds a Laser Weapon to Zap Threats Out of the Sky Israel Builds a Laser Weapon to Zap Threats Out of the Sky – The New York Times

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/04/2022: Retweet of @naftalibennett – “Israel has successfully tested the new “Iron Beam” laser interception system. This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets & mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot. It may sound like science fiction, but it’s real. Link to video

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Join us Sunday on the AIPAC app for a conversation with @MarioDB and learn about his support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Click here to register and watch: Join me on the AIPAC App… | @MarioDBCamp Link to video

Wilson (R-SC-2) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Happy to see the inaugural meeting of the US Israel Operations Technology Working Group taking place. I was grateful to introduce a bipartisan bill this Congress pushing for its full implementation. Link to quoted tweet

Smith (R-NE) 06/03/2022: press release/essay – Standing with Israel



Risch (R-ID) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Until the regime, and it’s #Russian and #Iranian backers, are held to account for their crimes in #Syria, this will never be over. We must condemn any effort to normalize Bashar al-Assad. Assad is not normal, he’s a brutal & murderous dictator. Ranking Member Risch Questions Witnesses on Panel One at Hearing on U.S.-Syria Policy… |

Kinzinger (R-IL-16) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “Link to image   Link to quoted tweet

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Lebanese spy chief says he will visit Syria over missing U.S. reporter Lebanese spy chief says he will visit Syria over missing U.S. reporter | Reuters @Austin_Tice”



Blackburn (R-TN) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Reviving the 2015 nuclear deal should be off the table. Iran has shown the world time and time again that they cannot be trusted. Opinion | The Iranian Nuclear Deal Dream Never Dies

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you ⁦@insidevoa⁩ for talking with us about the horrible situation in Iran and their nuclear capabilities which we are facilitating. Link to image

Markey (D-MA) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Iran has just disabled the UN cameras that monitor enrichment levels at nuclear facilities. There is still time to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon and a needless war, but it requires all sides returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal now. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: The @IAEAOrg was right to censure #Iran for its continued non-compliance with its nuclear Safeguards Agreement. Iran must become compliant and cease its provocative nuclear behavior. This vote shows the world is losing patience. Iran slams censure by UN watchdog in new cloud over nuclear talks… |

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Proud to support freedom-loving Iranian people. #FreeIran #IranProtests Link to quoted tweet

Sullivan (R-AK) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “There is nobody in the Biden administration who more regularly undermines America’s national interests than John Kerry. Our so-called Climate Czar is well known for kowtowing to the Chinese Communist Party, kissing up to Iranian terrorists, all while trying to kill U.S. energy. Link to video

Wicker (R-MS) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Iran continues to race toward a nuclear weapon, but President Biden still wants to rejoin a flawed deal. Even Democrats in Congress agree – you cannot make a deal with a fundamentally corrupt and dishonest regime.

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you ⁦@VoiceofAmerica7⁩ for talking with us about the horrible situation in Iran. Link to image

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Nothing to see here. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/09/2022: Twitter thread – “Pleased to see the IAEA Board of Governors adopt a resolution censuring Iran submitted by the US & our European partners which criticizes Iran’s consistent failure to answer the IAEA’s outstanding questions regarding uranium particles found at undeclared Iranian nuclear sites. Iran’s failure to answer the IAEA’s questions is particularly egregious considering Iran agreed to a 3-month plan to resolve this in March. Iran’s refusal to be forthcoming raises further questions about how any nuclear deal w/ Iran could possibly be verifiable & enforceable. This censure resolution is an important step to address Iran’s confrontational behavior towards the IAEA,counter Iran’s increasingly escalatory nuclear behavior, and strengthen the int’l nuclear non-proliferation movement which must ensure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.” Retweeted by Meeks (D-NY-5).

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “During the #SummitAmericas, the Biden Admin should: 1. Include civil society, independent journalists, human rights activists, former political prisoners, & independent labor activists, particularly from totalitarian countries where these brave heroes are the true leaders. 2. Refuse all attempts to legitimize illegitimate, unelected dictatorships that perpetrate egregious human rights abuses and threaten U.S. national security interests. 3. Emphasize the malign influence posed by #CCPChina, #Russia, #Cuba, #Iran, #Nicaragua, and the #Maduro regime in our hemisphere. 4. Coordinate strategies for nearshoring and bringing critical manufacturing to the Americas so that we are not held hostage by dangerous adversaries for energy, medicines, tech, and other basic necessities. 5. Galvanize other countries in the Americas to support us in strengthening democracy, liberty, and human rights and opposing tyranny.”

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/09/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “I am glad the IAEA censured Iran for its obstructionism. It is telling that Russia and the PRC opposed the censure – they cannot be trusted to negotiate a nuclear deal. The Iranian regime responded by further limiting the IAEA’s visibility of its nuclear work. “The regime is obviously violating international norms to further its malign activities. We need to focus on overwhelming economic pressure to compel them to stop.

Menendez (D-NJ) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “ICYMI: #SFRC Chairman Menendez statement on yesterday’s @iaeaorg vote to censure Iran for its glaring lack of cooperation & transparency regarding its undeclared nuclear materials: Link to image

Risch (R-ID) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Iran’s censure at the @iaeaorg Board of Governors meeting today is a long-overdue step. #Iran responded to this censure with the removal of IAEA monitoring equipment – making it clear yet again that the regime is acting in bad faith. Link to quoted tweet

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “It’s long past due for the @iaeaorg’s 35-nation Board of Governors to censure the Iranian regime for noncompliance & refer the case to the U.N. Security Council. Moreover, the Biden Admin should revive maximum pressure, not the flawed Iran nuclear deal. UN nuclear watchdog urges Iran to comply with monitoring… |

Hoeven (R-ND) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Cosponsoring this legislation to ensure we hold Iran and China accountable for their destabilizing and terrorist activities and human rights abuses & to prevent the Biden administration from using taxpayer dollars to advance a nuclear agreement with Iran. Link to quoted tweet

Keller (R-PA-12) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Instead of the Biden administration calling on Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other nations that don’t have our best interests in mind to produce more energy, we must instead put faith back in our domestic energy producers to meet our energy needs.” Keller: Biden administration should support domestic drilling… |

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The Iran deal was working until the former president unilaterally withdrew from it. Now is the time for the P5+1 to redouble their efforts and reach an agreement so that Iran cannot produce more fissile material. #DiplomacyWorks

Stewart (R-UT-2) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “President Biden’s State Department is publicly worried about secret nuclear activity in Iran, but he keeps negotiating with them anyway. Trusting Iran without verification is bad policy. Link to video

Womack (R-AR-3) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The Biden White House energy agenda is: Pro-foreign dependence Pro-Chinese solar panels made with slave labor Pro-considering Venezuela and Iran oil Pro-draining our emergency Strategic Petroleum Reserve Anti-American production We are paying for these policies at the pump. Link to quoted tweet

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @Kredo0 – “JUST IN: Chinese Surveillance Giant Arming Iran With Advanced Spy Tech Amid Crackdown on Protestors — Sen. @MarshaBlackburn and colleagues move to disrupt $400 billion CCP-Tehran alliance Chinese Surveillance Giant Arms Iran With Advanced Spy Tech… |

Meeks (D-NY) and McCaul (R-TX) 6/6/22: press release – Meeks, McCaul Release Statement Regarding U.S. Hostages Held in Iran Tweets – McCaul (R-TX-10), Meeks (D-NY-5)

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @IAC_NE – “Our community appreciates bipartisan support by policymakers across the US in solidarity with #IranProtests & for a Secular, Democratic, Non-nuclear Republic #Iran. #FreeIran2022 @RepDonBacon Link to quoted tweet

Cotton (R-AR) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @KatieBrittforAL – “As the Biden Administration was working to give sanctions relief to Iran, Iran was trying to hack the Boston Children’s Hospital. Rejoining the Iran Deal would be a dangerous mistake. #alsen FBI Director Says Agency Thwarted Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… |

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “The IAEA will soon report that Iran again failed to answer its questions about uranium particles found at 3 undeclared sites & that Iran’s stockpile of 60% enriched uranium has passed a “significant quantity” meaning possibility of manufacturing a weapon cannot be excluded. (1/2) Link to quoted tweet Iran must never get a nuclear weapon. I look forward to building on my conversations with DG Grossi in Vienna to ensure that Iran’s nuclear capabilities and its obstruction of the IAEA are addressed at the upcoming IAEA Board of Governor’s meeting. (2/2)

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Iran must immediately release the two Greek ships it seized and their crews. Maritime security is national security. This blatant act of piracy is yet another reminder that Iran’s regional aggression must be addressed for the US, the Mid East, & the int’l community to be secure. Link to quoted tweet

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “These are the people President Biden is looking to cut another disastrous deal with and who he rather buy oil from when we can use our own natural resources. FBI Chief Blames Iran for Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… |

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Thank you, @FBI and @BostonChildrens for mitigating the Iranian regime’s attack on a children’s hospital. Iran must be held accountable for this despicable act, and our critical infrastructure and institutions must be defended against such vile attacks. FBI Chief Blames Iran for Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… |

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “LR @RepMcCaul: “Violence against protestors. Cutting off the internet. Detaining a journalist. The Iranian regime must stop these despicable human rights violations. The Iranian people have a right to free assembly and free speech.” Death toll in Iran building collapse rises to 37… |

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “IAEA reports Iran continues to obstruct investigation of Iran’s undeclared nuclear material & has enough 60% HEU for a nuclear weapon. Iran must be censured at the IAEA Board of Govs meeting. “The Biden administration must end its nuclear talks and pressure Iran to stop its malign activities.

Murkowski (R-AK) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “Hard to believe the Biden administration is cheering on OPEC+, and looking to ease sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, while stalling U.S. projects and canceling U.S. lease sales. This is their energy policy at record-high gas prices? It makes zero sense to promote foreign supply while shackling U.S. producers. #UnleashAmericanEnergy

Scott (R-SC) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Iran has stockpiled enough uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. Yet, the Biden Administration continues negotiations to revive the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. A nuclear-armed Iran makes the world less safe. Iran’s enriched uranium now 18 times more than nuclear deal’s limit, UN watchdog says… |


Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Recently my office helped an Egyptian immigrant, caught in the red tape of the immigration system for 4 years, become a proud U.S. citizen. Read more about how we cut through bureaucracy to help.  Malliotakis Helps Egyptian Immigrant Become Citizen After Four Years of Red Tape… |

Kushner & Saudi Arabia

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “You don’t need to be Chair of the Oversight Cmte or on the Financial Services Cmte to know something doesn’t smell right with the $2BILLION Saudi investment from Crown Prince MBS’s fund into Jared Kushner’s unproven firm. Today would be a good day for Jared to release the docs. Link to quoted tweet

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @AliVelshi – “What exactly has Jared Kushner been up to in Saudi Arabia? The House Oversight intends to find out. “For six years, I’ve been sounding the alarm about Jared Kushner being a walking, talking conflict of interest,” says @CongressmanRaja. #Velshi Rep. Krishnamoorthi wants to know what Jared Kushner is up to in Saudi Arabia… |

Swalwell (D-CA-15) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @CREWcrew – “Jared Kushner is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee for possibly trading on his official position in order to get $2 billion from Saudi Arabia for his investment fund, and we think that’s some great news to start off your week.”

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “I am demanding Jared Kushner produce his communications with Saudi Crown Prince MBS, Saudi officials, or Saudi Arabia from 2017 to the present relating his family’s present or future business ventures. Jared Kushner Now Under Congressional Investigation for Landing Sketchy Saudi Investment… |

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @nytimes – “The House is investigating whether Jared Kushner traded on his government position to land a $2 billion investment in his new private equity firm from a prominent Saudi Arabian wealth fund, lawmakers said Thursday. House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm… |

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Kushner’s support for Saudi Arabia was unwavering, even as they carried out human rights abuses and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. And after leaving the WH his investment firm raised $2 BILLION from Crown Prince MBS’s controlled fund. I’m investigating. House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm… |

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “The day after the Trump Admin ended, Kushner created his investment firm, Affinity. 6 months later it secured a massive $2B investment from Saudi Crown Prince MBS. I am investigating how his financial interests may have influenced foreign policy. Link to quoted tweet

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Senior Saudi officials had concerns about the “inexperience of [Jared Kushner’s firm’s] management” and concluded the firm’s operations were “unsatisfactory in all aspects.” Yet they were overridden by the sovereign wealth fund board led by MBS. I’m investigating. Link to quoted tweet

Swalwell (D-CA-15) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @TVietor08 – “This is an incredibly important investigation. It’s not just that Jared is getting a kickback for all the favors and murder coverups he did for the Saudis in the past, it’s also a downpayment on what they hope he will do for them in the future. Link to quoted tweet

Saudi Arabia

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “The media is wrong to attack golfers for participating in a tournament backed by Saudi Arabia, an important Gulf partner. Many of these sanctimonious outlets make money from our enemy, the Chinese Communist Party—pure hypocrisy.

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “The same PGA that partnered with China is attacking golfers for playing in a tournament funded by Saudi Arabia. What a joke.”

Fischbach (R-MN-7) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Biden has been begging dictators and foreign adversaries for help easing gas prices. Why? We have the ability to increase our own gas production and lower prices right here in the USA! Biden officials in Saudi Arabia for talks on oil, planned visit… |

Huffman (D-CA-2) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “This trip is a terrible idea. ‘Pariah’ no more? Democrats grit their teeth over Biden’s Saudi trip… |

Long (R-MO-7) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @ClayTravis – “How many sports media members currently grilling pro golfers about joining the LIV tour would leave their current jobs for $100k in extra pay a year for a Saudi Arabian owned sports media company? I’m going with 100%.”

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Harrowing, groundbreaking new investigation makes plain the unthinkable but true unauthorized U.S. involvement in the brutal, Saudi-led war in Yemen—an involvement which I continue to vocally oppose, as a sponsor of the Yemen War Powers Resolution. Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have been called war crimes. Many relied on U.S. support…. |

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “We demand a total end to American involvement and support for a coalition committing war crimes. Link to quoted tweet

LaMalfa (R-CA-1) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Instead of unleashing American gas production to drive down costs, Biden is begging Saudi Arabia for their oil. He’s hurting Americans while simultaneously lining the pockets of OPEC oligarchs. Whatever happened to making Saudi Arabia a “pariah” like he promised when campaigning?

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “This @washingtonpost analysis confirms what we already knew: US support enabled the Saudi-led coalition to commit war crimes. We are overdue for accountability for these strikes and a reckoning on how the US enables partners to commit human rights abuses. Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have been called war crimes. Many relied on U.S. support…. |

Smith (D-WA-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Saudi Arabia’s leadership has repeatedly acted at odds with U.S. policy and values — recalibrating the relationship is long overdue. Proud to join @HouseIntel, @HouseForeign, @OversightDems, and @HomelandDems colleagues in sharing our priorities with @POTUS. Link to quoted tweet

Bishop (R-NC-9) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @Jim_Jordan – “Gas prices have more than doubled since President Biden took office. President Biden’s answer? Beg the Saudis for more oil. Why not just increase AMERICAN oil production?

Bowman (D-NY-16) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “A transition to renewable energy not only increases our chances of a livable future, but decreases the power of autocratic governments like Saudi Arabia’s to exert influence on the global stage.

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “That’s really unfortunate because people are hurting ⁦@POTUS⁩ White House says oil production ‘not the focus’ of conversations with Saudi Arabia… |

Jordan (R-OH-4) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “Gas prices have more than doubled since President Biden took office. President Biden’s answer? Beg the Saudis for more oil. Why not just increase AMERICAN oil production?” Also on GETTR

Long (R-MO-7) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @The_FJC – “Will Saudi Arabia make Biden wear a Burka before they bend him over as he’s begging for more oil?”

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Gas prices have now officially DOUBLED under @POTUS’s incompetence. What’s his plan? Grovel to the Saudis, continue his regulatory assault on US Energy, keep letting American families and job creators suffer. #Bidenflation #BidenGasHike”

Rosendale (R-MT-0) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Today’s national gas price average is $4.91 per gallon. Biden would rather beg Saudi Arabia and other foreign adversaries for oil instead of restoring American energy production. American families are suffering, and this Administration is doing nothing to alleviate the pain.”

Wyden (D-OR) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The supporters of this Saudi-affiliated golf tour coming to Oregon at the end of June are shamelessly pocketing blood money being “sports-washed” by a regime that murders journalists & helps its nationals escape U.S. justice in our state & nationwide. Dustin Johnson quits PGA Tour, joins Phil Mickelson in Saudi-backed LIV Golf – The Washington Post

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @justinamash – “U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen is criminal. America should not be arming or aiding these atrocities in any way. Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden should be held accountable as well as the members of Congress who shilled for the weapons sales. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @RepAdamSchiff – “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the brutal murder of an American resident and journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. For that — and many other human rights violations — he should be shunned. I would not meet with him or shake his hand. President Biden shouldn’t either. Link to video

Schiff (D-CA-28) 06/05/2022: Tweet – “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the brutal murder of an American resident and journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. For that — and many other human rights violations — he should be shunned. I would not meet with him or shake his hand. President Biden shouldn’t either. Link to video

Schiff (D-CA-28) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @FaceTheNation – “Should President Biden go to Saudi Arabia and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? “In my view, no. I wouldn’t go, I wouldn’t shake his hand. This is someone who butchered an American resident,” says Rep. Adam Schiff. Link to video

Babin (R-TX-36) 06/04/2022: Tweet – “Biden seems to “lean toward” every option except America. @POTUS: Stop looking to foreign dictators and unleash U.S. energy NOW! As gas prices soar, Biden leans toward visiting Saudi Arabia… |

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “.@POTUS should NOT meet w/ MBS. MBS approved journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder—according to his own admin! MBS is responsible for human rights violations at home & abroad. This sends a terrible signal to the global community & undermines US credibility Biden to Travel to Saudi Arabia, Ending Its ‘Pariah’ Status… |

Meijer (R-MI-3) 06/04/2022: Retweet of @SpencerJCox – “Great. Instead of drastically increasing oil/gas production (and more renewables) in a country with some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world (hint: it’s ours), let’s beg the Saudis. They seem really nice and responsible. Brilliant. Bravo guys. Link to quoted tweet

Arrington (R-TX-19) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “President Biden’s plea with Riyadh to lower domestic energy prices is weak, foolish, and a slap in the face to U.S. producers who provide the cleanest, safest, and most affordable oil and gas anywhere in the world. Link to quoted tweet

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Biden is apparently looking to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss our oil and gas crisis with regional leaders in the Middle East. Instead of meeting with foreign regimes thousands of miles away, Joe ought to be having these talks with American oil and gas producers here at home.”

Cline (R-VA-6) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “This is a national embarrassment and an insult to Americans who are paying at the pump. Biden has deliberately undermined our energy independence, and this is the result: kowtowing to foreign dictators. America needs #EnergyIndependenceNow Biden Likely to Visit Saudi Arabia as US Gasoline Prices Spiral, Sources Say… |

Johnson (R-OH-6) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “It’s disappointing that President Biden prefers begging Middle Eastern royalty to pump more oil instead of unleashing the resources we have under our feet here at home. American families should never be put in such a dependent, vulnerable position. #OPEC”

Joyce (R-OH-14) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “The President needs to reach out to American oil and gas producers here at home to solve our #EnergyCrisis instead of turning to Middle Eastern powers We should be using American energy to counter foreign regimes, not relying on them for our energy needs As Gas Prices Soar, Biden Leans Toward Visiting Saudi Arabia… |…

Kelly (R-PA-16) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “This is a slap in the face to hardworking American gas and oil producers across the country. President Biden would rather negotiate with foreign enemies and human rights abusers then unleash the American energy right beneath our feet. #BidenEnergyCrisis As Gas Prices Soar, Biden Leans Toward Visiting Saudi Arabia… |

Pence (R-IN-6) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “This Administration never fails to talk out of both sides of their mouths. 1) POTUS begs OPEC Oil Cartel to increase production 2) Biden Admin says high gas prices actually pathway to green revolution 3) Blame “Putin Price Hike” 4) Blame “Price Gouging” Link to quoted tweet We’ve come full circle to Biden Admin praising OPEC? Can’t keep their spin straight..

Rubio (R-FL) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is serving a 15 yr prison sentence for “inciting public opinion” against #SaudiArabia. Rubio condemns the Saudi govt’s continued disregard for human rights & calls for an end to al-Khair’s unjust imprisonment. #ExpressionNOToppression Link to image


Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @HouseForeign – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Deeply concerned by the recent mass dismissal of judges in Tunisia. This represents another in a series of democratic rollbacks and a major blow to Tunisia’s judicial independence. Tunisia’s president sacks 57 judges, accuses them of corruption… |

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Deeply concerned by the recent mass dismissal of judges in Tunisia. This represents another in a series of democratic rollbacks and a major blow to Tunisia’s judicial independence. Tunisia’s president sacks 57 judges, accuses them of corruption… |”; re-tweeted by Meeks (D-NY-5)

United Arab Emirates

Romney (R-UT) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @UAEEmbassyUS – “Thank you @MittRomney for the inspiring tour of @washdctemple this PM. The UAE is proud to welcome the future @Ch_JesusChrist Temple in Dubai – the first Temple in the Middle East. The Dubai Temple joins a diverse gathering of other religions in the UAE: Dubai to welcome Middle East’s first Mormon temple… |   Link to image


McGovern (D-MA-2) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Glad to see Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja named a @MartinEnnals 2022 Laureate. Al-Khawaja is a @TLHumanRights #DefendingFreedoms prisoner of conscience; tortured & imprisoned in Bahrain for his brave activism. He should be released immediately & without conditions.Abdulhadi al-Khawaja… |


Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you @SecBlinken for providing this urgently needed assistance to help prevent a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Yemen. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “I commend the announcement of a 2-month extension to the UN-mediated truce in Yemen, which provides a lifeline to millions of Yemenis. I urge all parties to continue to work towards an inclusive political settlement to the war & end this brutal conflict.”

Scanlon (D-PA-5) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “16 million Yemenis are living on the brink of starvation, including 2 million children. The U.S. can no longer be complicit in this crisis. Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing a resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. Link to image

Smith (D-WA-9) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Ending the war in Yemen must remain the ultimate goal for all parties. I welcome news that the UN-mediated truce will be extended, showing the effectiveness of @POTUS Biden’s diplomacy-first approach, the help of the UN, and broad participation toward lasting peace. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: I applaud this news of a 60-day extension to the truce in Yemen. I call on all parties to abide by their commitments and convert this truce into a lasting ceasefire and advance a political settlement to end this brutal war. Press statement by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on the renewal of the UN-mediated truce… | I also call on parties to fully implement the humanitarian dimensions of the truce, especially re-opening roads in and around Taiz, regular offloading of humanitarian shipments at Yemeni ports and continued resumption of commercial flights in and out of Sana’a airport.”

Reed (D-RI) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “I’m glad to hear of the 2 month extension of the truce in Yemen. It’s time to find a lasting piece to this conflict for the Yemini people. Link to quoted tweet

Risch (R-ID) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “The announcement that #Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to an additional two month truce is welcome news. All sides must use this as an opportunity to build on recent progress. As the past seven years have shown, there can be no military solution to this conflict.”