Feinstein/Lugar Resolution: Next
Cantor, Executive Director and Steve Masters, Co-Chair of
Together We have Taken the First
We were all
gritting our teeth down to the last minute when the Senate
recessed late Friday night, August 3rd, hoping for passage of
the Feinstein/Lugar resolution,
which had been hotlined*. In the end
the resolution, along with others, was not called up for a vote
before the Senate adjourned for its August recess.
The number of co-sponsors rose to 36, with several
Senators adding their names in the last days after hearing from
our grassroots network. Gaining the public support of over
one-third of the Senate for this resolution is a tremendous
success – one which all of us in Brit Tzedek should take
personal pride in and be prepared to build upon.
We should all acknowledge enthusiastically that obtaining 36 cosponsors to date—over
one-third of the Senate—is remarkable work. When we
began our national grassroots efforts around Feinstein/Lugar
with the challenging goal of securing at least 20 cosponsors, we
never imagined we would come so far. Through our hard work
and that of our allies, we greatly exceeded those expectations,
and can now proceed with renewed vigor when the Senate
returns from recess.
The Growing Momentum Behind
There is no doubt that your faxes,
phone calls, emails and in-person meetings in home districts and
in Washington, D.C made the difference. You laid the
foundation for the next phase of our work.
In eight states,(MA,MN,OH,OR,PA,RI,WA,WI) both Senators
stepped up and signed on. This, and the fact that there
was strong bipartisan support, gives us something secure to
build upon in September. Please also remember that we have
the remainder of the 110th Congress to achieve the passage of
the resolution. We will not rest on our laurels, and
will come back strong in the knowledge that there is growing
support within the Halls of Congress and within the American
Jewish community for the "robust" diplomacy for which the
When the Senate comes back
from recess after Labor Day, Brit Tzedek will be prepared to
renew our strong advocacy for passage of the resolution,
building on the momentum of having 36
cosponsors. This is an excellent position to be
in and demonstrates the effectiveness of Brit Tzedek's strategy
- a strong and committed grassroots advocacy field operation
combined with Washington, D.C.-based initiatives. We have
proven once again that members of Congress will take leadership
on this issue when they understand the depth of support inside
their districts for pro-Israel, pro-Peace policies.
We are ready to renew and move forward in the pursuit of a
lasting peace, so keep yours eyes out for future action
The Feinstein/Lugar resolution
is a bi-partisan pro-peace, pro-Israel resolution that calls for
active U.S. engagement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. It calls on President Bush to make a two-state
solution a "top priority," urges him to appoint a Special Envoy
for Middle East Peace, and welcomes the Arab League Peace
Initiative. Read the full text of S.
*Hotlining is a Senate procedure that
enables the Senate to pass non-controversial resolutions without
having a full debate on the Senate floor. In actuality,
the vast majority of bills are hotlined, and only the big ones
(immigration, war on Iraq, etc) get debated on the floor.
Once a resolution is hotlined, a message (usually a call and
email), is sent out to all senate offices notifying them there
has been a request to pass a specific resolution by unanimous
consent. Unless a senator decides to contact the Senate
cloakroom and "put a hold" on the bill, then at some point that
day or next, the bill will get called up on the Senate floor and
Current Senate cosponsors of
the Feinstein/Lugar resolution (36):
WI: Kohl, Feingold
Rob Levy, Washington Representative and Diane
Balser, National Advocacy Chair are presently traveling and will
provide advocacy updates when the 110th Congress
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