Press Release

Jewish Dems Condemn Republicans for Voting Against Anti-Semitism Measure

February 14, 2019

Yesterday, House Republicans voted against a bill condemning anti-Semitism. Executive Director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) Halie Soifer released the following statement:

“Yesterday, House Republicans voted against the bill condemning anti-Semitism, and we denounce them for it. Republicans cynically played partisan games with a very serious issue, and it backfired because Democrats voted their values and Republicans chose party over principle.

“Last night, Republicans included language condemning anti-Semitism in an unrelated bill, House Joint Resolution 37, regarding Yemen, hoping that Democrats would vote against the motion so the underlying bill would not be delayed. It was plainly a political stunt. Instead, all Democrats and all but two Republicans supported the motion. But when the actual bill came to a vote, containing the very language condemning anti-Semitism that the Republicans had proposed, all Democrats voted for it and 177 Republicans voted against it.

“Especially after the events of this week, this is blatant hypocrisy on the part of Republicans, plain and simple, and we condemn them for it in the strongest possible terms.”