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US Senate moves to increase aid to Israel, Pakistan, and others.

From Jerusalem Post…

Senate passed a 41% increased in what is primarily military related aid guarantees! While millions of Americans are out of work and millions more are living from paycheck to paycheck contemplating which bills they can afford to pay.

The US Senate included a measure to restore full funding for foreign aid to the budget it approved late Thursday, increasing chances that the pool of money including assistance for Israel wouldn’t be cut. The $3.5 trillion document passed by the Senate includes a $4 billion boost to the foreign operations appropriation, bringing it up to the $53.8b. sought by President Barack Obama.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-sponsor of the amendment, defended the move as important to advancing moderation in the Middle East.

Also on Capitol Hill on Thursday, a coalition of rabbis and Jewish community activists were joined by members of Congress at the presentation of a petition with thousands of signatures calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

A gathering of rabbis representing Judaism’s four major branches as well as Jewish immigration activists, including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, one of America’s oldest immigrant aid groups, was in Washington to present the petitions, signed by 3,600 people, ahead of Pessah.

The coalition was welcomed by two Jewish members of Congress, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York), who said they would urge immigration reform that would act humanely toward the 12 million undocumented workers in America.

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