February 13, 2024, New York, NY – The American Jewish Congress applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the National Security Act, which provides critical emergency aid to Israel while it continues to battle Hamas terrorists and seeks to deter other malignant regional actors. This bill ensures the full funding of aid to Israel at a time when it is most needed. Since October 7, the deadliest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, we have been reaching out to Congressional leaders and elected officials and strongly advocated for Congress to make sure that Israel has the means to defend itself and its citizens. This emergency aid marks a significant milestone and shows that there is a strong bipartisan consensus in standing with our democratic allies.
 
The American Jewish Congress extends heartfelt gratitude and recognition to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for their instrumental roles in spearheading the bipartisan passage of this critical legislation by the Senate. 
 
We are disappointed that a considerable number of Senators decided to vote against the bill, even though their concerns were not related to U.S. support for Israel’s security. We strongly condemn Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) that voted against the bill exclusively for the aid that it provided to Israel.
 
The American Jewish Congress strongly encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to work with the Senate to guarantee swift congressional approval in both chambers, so that it can be promptly signed into law by President Biden. While we recognize the importance of political considerations, it is imperative to emphasize that the security of our allies—and, by extension, our own national security—must take precedence over all such considerations.

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