RJC Legislative Agenda
The Republican Jewish Coalition is a big-tent organization that is actively involved in the top national policy debates of the day. Our grassroots outreach, public advocacy, and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill cover many issues, including but not limited to: Israel, Iran, antisemitism, and domestic policies like school choice. We also speak out when nominees for important government positions have a history of actions or statements that raise concerns for our community.
RJC is proud to have played a significant role in securing the enactment into law of important measures like the Taylor Force Act, which requires the Palestinian Authority to end “pay for slay” subsidies to terrorist murderers and the Never Again Education Act, a Holocaust education bill.
During the current session of Congress, we helped build support for a letter authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin, signed by over 120 Republican members of the House of Representatives, urging President Joe Biden not to reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
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The RJC recognizes and supports the existence, legitimacy, and security of the State of Israel. We support strengthening the vital US-Israel alliance; enhancing Israel’s security through military, diplomatic, and strategic assistance; and fighting alongside Israel against terrorists, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, and others who seek to delegitimize and destroy her.
Oppose unconditional UNRWA funding
- S. 2479, HR 4721 UNRWA Accountability Act
- Oppose re-opening US consulate in East Jerusalem
- Oppose re-opening PLO office in Washington DC
- Support codification of Trump policy on labeling goods “Made in Israel”
- S. 2489/HR 5356 Anti-BDS Labeling Act
- Oppose BDS
- S. 2119 Combating BDS Act
- Support strict enforcement of the Taylor Force Act
- Support sanctions on individuals or entities that support Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations
- HR 261/S. 1904, the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act
- Oppose US re-joining UN Human Rights Council
- HR 1021 No taxpayer funding for United Nations Human Rights Council Act
- Support permanent recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights
- HR 3190/S. 1641 Israel Sovereignty Reassurance Act
Pres. Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran was one of the most dangerous and ill-considered policies in US history. We need strong sanctions and American-led international cooperation to prevent Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. The security of our allies in the region and in Europe can only be defended through US leadership and strength.
- Strengthen/Oppose lifting of or circumvention of Iran sanctions
- HR 733 Stop Evasion of Iran Sanctions Act
- HR 819 Stop Corrupt Iranian Oligarchs and Entities Act
- HR 857 Iranian Arms Transfer Prevention Act
- HR 901 No Sanctions Relief for Terrorists Act
- HR 1699/S. 488 Iran Sanctions Relief Review Act
- HR 1231 Constraining Human Rights Offenders in the Middle East Act
- H. Res. 157/S. Res. 72, Opposing the lifting of sanctions imposed with respect to Iran without addressing the full scope of Iran’s malign activities
- HR 2117 Iran Human Rights and Accountability Act
- HR 2718 Maximum Pressure Act
- Insist new Iran deal be considered as treaty or failing that, under Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act procedures
- HR 1479/S. 1205 Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Act
The person who holds an office can have a profound impact on policy. Each US President has the prerogative of nominating Cabinet members, advisors, judges, and other important officials, but some nominees have a background of radical, liberal, anti-Israel, or otherwise troubling statements or actions. In those cases, the RJC asks Senators to oppose those nominees.
- Oppose Margon nomination
The RJC has a long history of speaking out again antisemitism in the political arena and beyond. There are concrete steps that government can take to define the problem and give clear guidelines to government agencies, in order to combat crimes, policies, and actions against Jewish individuals and groups based in antisemitism. The RJC takes a principled, vocal stand against antisemitism in any form.
- Support widest possible adoption, including by the US Government of IHRA antisemitism definition
- Support security grants for houses of worship and other religious non-profits
- Oppose BDS
- S. 2119 Combating BDS Act
Education and the economy rank high on the list of domestic policies that most concern the American Jewish community. The RJC supports school choice for families and the low-tax, pro-growth economic policies that have made America the most powerful, richest, and freest nation in the history of the world.
Support school choice
- S. 44/HR 605 Student Empowerment Act
- S. 74, Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (Choice) Act
- S.447 Education Opportunities Ac