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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

March 26, 2020

Your weekly look at the latest news, analysis, and RJC activities around the country.

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We hope you and your family are safe and well. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines and your state’s requirements to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and to help keep our vulnerable populations safe. We’re all in this together.

Dr. Joel Geiderman and Dr. Tevi Troy

Voices of Optimism

RJC leaders had the opportunity to participate in a conference call this week with Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Dr. Tevi Troy, former Deputy Secretary of HHS and best-selling presidential historian.


Dr. Geiderman discussed what he is seeing on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis in a major metropolitan hospital. He remains optimistic that the US and Israel will quickly develop either a cure or a vaccine to defeat this virus.


Dr. Troy literally wrote the book on how American presidents have responded to major crises: Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management in the Oval Office (2016). He praised President Donald Trump for closing down travel between the US and China as early as he did. Dr. Troy expressed his optimism that, over time, the great American economic engine will produce what we need in the current moment. America is rising to this challenge and will show the world what the ingenuity and generosity of the free American people can achieve in a crisis like this one.


Both speakers emphasized China’s responsibility for the current crisis. Jim Geraghty at National Review has a comprehensive timeline of China’s COVID-19 lies that is worthy of your attention. 


The RJC is planning more such calls and special programming for RJC Leaders. To upgrade your membership to the Leadership Council tier or higher, click here


The US Senate voted late last night on an economic stimulus package.

US Government Response to Coronavirus

The Hill reports that President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has jumped to 49 percent, matching the high point of his presidency. Sixty percent of voters overall said they approve of the job Trump is doing to address the epidemic, including 94 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents, and 27 percent of Democrats. 


Democrats on Capitol Hill are much less popular this week, after House Democrats brought out a coronavirus stimulus bill chock-full of liberal special interest provisions and Senate Democrats unexpectedly held up votes on the bipartisan Senate version of bill.


The House bill included elements to increase the power of public sector unions, appease global warming alarmists, and suspend aspects of enforcement of immigration laws. The bill included a $15/hour minimum wage as a “permanent requirement” on all companies receiving federal aid. It also would have imposed federal mandates on how states hold elections, including requiring voting methods that would have destroyed our ability to secure our elections from fraud and abuse.


Under pressure, Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew her bill. The Senate bill was passed by the Senate last night and will be voted on by the House tomorrow. The Senate’s $2 trillion package includes:

  • $117 billion for hospitals and other health entities;
  • $301 billion in direct payments to households in the form $1,200 in direct payments to most Americans, and more to those who have lost jobs;
  • $367 billion employee retention fund for small businesses;
  • $500 billion lending program for businesses, cities and states;
  • $250 billion to expand unemployment benefits;
  • $32 billion in grants to cover wages at passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers and contractors; and
  • $450 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which supplies food banks.

A good description of the bill’s elements can be found here.


An Iranian medic treats a patient infected with the COVID-19 virus at a hospital in Tehran.

The Coronavirus and Iran

Iran’s people are suffering terribly in the pandemic, and the regime is behaving as badly as one might expect. Iran (along with China and Russia) is spreading disinformation about the virus and claiming the US is responsible for the pandemic. 


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that Iranian officials stole more than $1 billion in humanitarian funds meant to be used to help the country's people fight the spread of coronavirus. 


Meanwhile, Jonathan Tobin reminds us that the coronavirus is no reason for relaxing sanctions on Iran


One example of people helping people in this crisis: Maggiano’s Little Italy donated packaged meals for distribution to Washington DC's laid-off restaurant and bar workers.

Good News in Hard Times

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby offers a remarkable list of some of the ways private individuals and businesses are meeting the challenge of the pandemic through charity and kindness. (His entire newsletter makes excellent reading.)


Our ability to test for the virus is increasing rapidly


Private industry is mobilizing for the fight


Countdown to Election Day


The RJC is committed to reelecting President Donald Trump, keeping the Senate, and winning back the House. We encourage our members to participate in our outreach phonebank project to help Republicans win in November. It's easy and you can do it from home! Here's how YOU can help: 

- Sign up to call Jewish voters from home by clicking HERE
- Fill out all of the fields.
- Listen to the instructions and write down your username and password when a member of the RJC Victory Team contacts you.
- Make as many phone calls as you can. Everyone you speak to is a potential vote for President Trump and the GOP!


Sign up now and you could be the next RJC Volunteer of the Week!



The Republican Jewish Coalition is hiring field staff for our advocacy efforts in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection in various battleground states. CLICK HERE for details and application information. 



The RJC PAC has endorsed a terrific slate of House and Senate incumbents, and we need them to continue their work on Capitol Hill! CLICK HERE to donate through the RJC PAC portal and show your support for our great candidates!


And don't forget your RJC/Trump kippah! 
Our extremely popular red Trump kippah is now for sale for just $18. This includes shipping and handling. Supplies are limited. 




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