Archive for the ‘Hillary’ Category
Posted by jewsforhillary on September 22, 2008
September 21, 2008
Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to Israel’s Security and Pledge to Deny Iran’s Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
“We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.”
NEW YORK, NY – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called on the United States to continue its commitment to the security and prosperity of Israel in remarks at the Israel Bonds dinner held in New York City on Thursday. Senator Clinton underscored the vital relationship between the United States and Israel and their shared values and shared belief in the right to live without fear or oppression. In addition, Senator Clinton highlighted the importance of doing all that is necessary to thwart the growing threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Israel’s commitment to civic engagement, open debate, free expression, the rule of law – even in the face of grave dangers – is something that we Americans not only can, but must support,” Senator Clinton said. “U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. We must stand with Israel in our words and our deeds to ensure the safety of all those who seek a prosperous life in Israel.”
Excerpts from Senator Clinton’s remarks follow:
Senator Clinton: “Everyone here knows that Israel Bonds was the brain child of David Ben-Gurion, and what a brilliant idea when you stop to think about it. The idea that people who supported Israel would be able to do so by contributing to the resources that this young state needed. The building of infrastructure, the planting of forests, the assistance that would come to ensure the freedom and the safety and a better life for all who were seeking a new beginning in Israel.
So investing in a productive and growing Israel was important then and is important now. These bonds and your contributions to their purchase are not acts of charity. These truly are part of the foundation of the relationship, the building blocks of a partnership between the American Jewish community and the Jewish State. And it is part also of the bond shared by the United States, its government and our people and the government and people of Israel. Based on our shared interests and rooted in the strength that we derive from shared values. Israel’s commitment to civic engagement, open debate, free expression, the rule of law – even in the face of grave dangers – is something that we Americans not only can, but must support.
So what Prime Minster Ben-Gurion initiated all those years ago is an ongoing project. We need only look at the current challenges facing Israel to recognize that this once again is a moment of peril. There are many dangers and threats in our world today, but certainly ranking near the top of those that concern me is the threat posed by Iran–a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire Middle East and beyond, including the United States. There are many reasons why we should take this threat seriously. Not the least of which is that the Iranian government under its current president hosted a conference whose sole purpose was to deny the Holocaust.
We know that Iran and their leaders have raised serious international concerns with their pursuit of nuclear ambitions. We know they have called for Israel to be wiped off the map, and we know that they support terrorist elements that attack innocence in Israel and beyond.
So U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. And in dealing with this threat, as I have said repeatedly, we can not take any option off the table. We have to be as flexible and smart and strong in our efforts to deny Iran their nuclear ambitions as we possibly can be. Including engaging Iran in ways that might possibly lead to changes in behavior. But as the Iranian president travels to New York to meet at the United Nations, and once again to use the General Assembly as a launching pad for his attacks on Israel and the United States we must raise our voices together in opposition to the message he carries and the threat Iran poses.
We also know that the dangers posed to Israel have been compounded by the presence and seizure of Gaza by Hamas – and by Hezbollah, the terrorist group now represented in the Lebanese government. I have long said that Hamas must not be recognized until it renounces violence and terror and recognizes Israel’s right to exist. And that includes the security barrier to keep terrorists out that I have long and vigorously supported. I’ve spoke out strongly against the International Court of Justice for questioning Israel’s right to self defense which includes building the security fence.
There is a lot that we have to be concerned about, as you know so well. But the bottom line is that we stand with Israel because we too reject extremism and nihilism and are committed to defeating terrorism, our cause is shared and our cause is just. This is about democracy and freedom, about human rights and about justice.
And I believe that what you are doing tonight, bonding with Israel once again through Israel bonds, makes a very clear statement. In many ways it is an affront to those who would deny Israel’s existence or continue to engage in anti-Israeli rhetoric, anti-Semitism and in any way undermine our shared belief and commitment in the values that we stand for. These shared values and our shared belief in the dignity of men and women – and the right to live without fear or oppression – the opportunity to pursue a safe and prosperous future are really what you are building. You may be able to see the tangible results of the investments that have been made.
I remember so well when I first visited Israel back in 1981 how I could see the results of the incredible generosity, particularly from America, that resulted in the literal building of Israel. But even more important, it is an intangible commitment and recognition of these values that we hold in common. So thank you for standing with Israel in your words and in your deeds. And I pledge to you that I will continue to be your partner and your champion as we stand together. Thank you all very much.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 12, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC—On the occasion of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, which falls on September 13, 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement:
“Commemorating National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day allows us to remember all those children and families who have been affected by cancer. We have made tremendous strides in our efforts to treat cancers in children, but far too many still suffer and lose their lives to this disease. We must do more to increase research into pediatric cancers, and work to improve the quality of life for all children who are dealing with cancer and its aftereffects. I join millions around the nation in recognizing this day and renewing our commitment to finding a cure for childhood cancer.”
In May, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senators Clinton and Allard designating September 13 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. In addition, Senator Clinton introduced the Senate version of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life Act, which was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA). This legislation would expand cancer control and surveillance programs, increase research in survivorship, and develop model systems of care and monitoring for pediatric cancer survivors.
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer and the second overall leading cause of death of children in the United States. More than 10,000 children under the age of 15 in the United States are diagnosed with cancer annually. Successful treatment means that more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors are alive today. However, according to the Institute of Medicine, more than two thirds of childhood cancer survivors experience late effects, which include complications, disabilities, or additional occurrence of cancer.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 15, 2008
Allard and Clinton Introduce “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” Resolution
“We have made tremendous strides in the fight against childhood cancer, but far too many children still suffer and lose their lives to this illness. The more we know as a nation the better able we will be to prevent and treat the disease and help those who are battling and surviving pediatric cancers. National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day is an opportunity to reach out to all Americans with the facts about childhood cancer, and this day will be an important symbol of our commitment on all days to find a cure,” said Senator Clinton.
Allard and Clinton Introduce “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” Resolution
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 2, 2008
Hillary Clinton Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day
“This week, we remember the millions of men, women, and children who perished during the Holocaust; and as we do, we ask, ‘What must we do to ensure that this kind of destruction will never happen again?’
“We reflect on the lives that were lost, the courage of those who stood up to the Nazis, like the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; and those of all faiths who risked everything to save lives. On this somber day, I am also reminded of the Holocaust survivors that came to this country, and who have greatly enriched our nation with their talent, energy, and dreams. Their stories and their willingness to share them will guarantee that future generations will never forget.
“The lessons of the Holocaust call us to act. As my friend, Elie Wiesel, said, ‘…to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…’ Let us today renew our pledge that we will not be indifferent to moral injustice in the world; that we will not remain silent; and that we will speak out against crimes against humanity, threats of extermination, and genocide, such as that now being perpetuated in Darfur. We must act so that we may truly say to the world, ‘Never again.'”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 2, 2008
Senator Clinton Hails Opening of Holocaust Archives
WASHINGTON, DC Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the opening of the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The archives hold an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of 17.5 million victims, and for the first time the archives are fully open to the public.
At last, Holocaust survivors and their families may find answers they’ve been seeking for six decades. The archive’s opening will unearth long-buried information about so many who perished, and learning about their tragic fates is a part of our commitment to never forget. As we near Holocaust Remembrance Day, I welcome the opening of the archives at Bad Arolsen and hope that its holdings will shed some light on one of the darkest chapters of the last century,” said Senator Clinton.
The Bad Arolsen archives long remained the largest closed World War II-era archives in the world, holding an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of some 17.5 million victims. Opening the archives to the public required each of the 11 member countries of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service (ITS) to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords. On November 28, 2007, the final country ratified the agreement.
Senator Clinton has long supported allowing unfettered public access to the Holocaust archive. In May 2007, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senator Clinton urging these ITS countries to complete the process and open the archives. Last December Senator Clinton along with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced resolutions praising the ITS countries’ ratification of the of the May 2006 amendments.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on April 22, 2008
Senator Clinton Condemns Republican Obstruction of Key Breast Cancer Research
– Urges Passage of Legislation to Spur Life-Saving Research
Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today condemned Republican efforts to block debate and passage of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, of which Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor. She urged her colleagues to join her in supporting this important legislation.
“This legislation will spur pioneering research into the links between environmental hazards and chronic conditions such as breast cancer. Greater federal investment in breast cancer research could hold the key to prevention or survival for millions of women across our country. This could not be a more critical issue,” Senator Clinton said. “It is outrageous that this vital life-saving effort is being held up by petty procedural politics here in the Senate. I strongly urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together to support this legislation.”
Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Three million women in the United States are currently living with breast cancer, one million of whom have not yet been diagnosed. On average, over 13,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in New York State, with about 3,000 annual deaths caused by this disease.
The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act would establish Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Centers of Excellence in order to conduct collaborative research on environmental factors that are linked to breast cancer. It would also establish a panel of experts, including patient advocates, to develop a comprehensive strategy for research in this area. Senator Clinton welcomed approval of the bill by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in February. She previously called for passage of the legislation in 2007 and 2006.
Several New York universities are already engaging in innovative research in this area. In 2006, Senator Clinton visited Cornell University’s Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and met with researchers from their program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors, who are working to translate this research to help women understand and minimize their environmentally-connected risks.
Senator Clinton has long been active in promoting increased research into links between health and the environment. In 2001, she worked with her colleagues on the Environment and Public Works Committee to hold a field hearing in Long Island on the possible links between the environment and breast cancer. She has also introduced the Coordinated Environmental Health Network Act, which would establish a nationwide tracking network to help identify connections between disease and environment, develop a response system for addressing public health threats, and expand the biomonitoring work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on March 7, 2008
Natalie Portman Defends Hillary Clinton
Huffpo: Natalie Portman graces the April cover of Elle magazine to promote her period flick “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Whole interview here.
On Hillary Clinton:
A lot of the stuff people say about her, I hear it and my stomach falls because it’s so sexist. You ask people why they don’t like her and it’s because her husband cheated on her! That was obviously not her choice. She’s so much more polished and experienced than anyone else. Last night, a friend, a social worker in L.A. who works with underprivileged kids, was saying how these girls who have never been interested in politics before are so excited that a woman might be president. I mean, look how many women are in government…Hillary’s one of, what, [a handful of] female senators?
I also like Obama. I even like McCain. I disagree with his war stance–which is a really big deal–but I think he’s a very moral person. I met him and Hillary on the same day, actually, when I went to Washington with Finca [a nonprofit that gives loans to businesswomen in developing countries]. Hillary was by far the smartest person I met that day. Just totally focused, and knew more about the issues than anyone else, and was so able to go from one thing to the other.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on March 6, 2008
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
Washington, DC – “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families who are suffering the loss and horror of this despicable act of terrorism. The United States and the international community must make clear that such deplorable acts of terrorism will not be tolerated and we must continue to stand with Israel in its fight against terror.”
Arab terrorists entered the library in a jewish seminary in Jerusalem and sprayed the place with what some report to have been between five and siz hundred bullets. Eight young students were murdered and over a dozen more injured. [See here and here]
It seems as though thus far, several hours after the attack, that Senator Clinton is the only one of the three people hoping to become the next US president that has even bothered to or cared to say anything or to take a stand regarding this horrific event.
UPDATE: 116 Photos of the carnage and aftermath | More
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Posted by jewsforhillary on February 27, 2008
(For yesterday) Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida to The New York Sun:
“The main reason she wins and will continue to win the majority of the Jewish vote is this is a community very much about ‘Show me, don’t tell me,'”
“With Senator Obama, although he says all the right things, he just doesn’t have that longevity to prove to Jewish voters that he will be there like Hillary Clinton.”
Asked if there was anything specific in Mr. Obama’s record that should give Jewish voters pause, the congresswoman said, “There’s no pause. It’s just that he’s starting completely from scratch.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on February 12, 2008
The Clintons’ official statement on the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) A great American leader and champion for human rights and Humanitarian causes who was the only survivor of the Holocaust ever to be elected to serve in congress.
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Congressman Tom Lantos
Washington, DC – “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos. The courageous and improbable journey of his life was an inspiration to his constituents and to all of us who knew him. Tom was just sixteen years old when the Nazis occupied his native Hungary and he lost much of his family to the Holocaust. In those dark days, Tom bore witness to the worst of human cruelty and devoted his life to stopping it. And so he came to America with nothing but the clothes on his back and the ideals he described in an essay that won him a college scholarship. Those ideals, combined with his optimism, intelligence, and hard work, would eventually lead this self-described ‘penniless immigrant’ to the halls of the United States Congress. Despite all that Tom experienced – or perhaps because of it – he understood in his bones that we have a profound duty to one another. Tom taught us to stand up for what’s right especially when it was hard. We will always cherish our memories of him and our thoughts are with his wife, Annette, his daughters, and all those who knew and loved him.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on December 31, 2007
Most Jewish members of the Legistlative Branch support Hillary Clinton:
As of Dec. 28, Clinton had rounded up 76 congressional endorsements, including the bulk of the Jewish congressional delegation that has declared its support. Among Clinton’s supporters are some of the most familiar Jewish political names in the country: U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer, as well as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), whose sister, Ann Lewis advises the former First Lady. All told, 14 Jewish members of Congress are backing Clinton. Besides Hodes, Obama has been endorsed by only three Jewish members: Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.).
Clinton leads in Jewish political endorsements
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Posted by jewsforhillary on October 25, 2007
Nevermind that the Religious Mormon is speaking before a decorative pagan display, but it is humorous to note that Mr. Romnet instead of citing the historical reference known as “the Clinton Administration” he slips on the implication that there is yet to be another Clinton Administration by referring to “the last Clinton Administration”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on October 3, 2007
Senator Clinton Calls on Bush Administration to Engage Middle East Allies in Effort to Resolve Arab-Israeli Conflict
Commitment from Friendly Arab States Critical to Success in Upcoming Meeting to Address Arab-Israeli Conflict
Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senators Schumer and Graham, in urging the Bush Administration to seek the support of America’s allies in the Middle East as they move forward with plans for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, the Senators stressed that the inclusion and cooperation of Arab countries with close relations to the United States would be a critical factor in the success of such a meeting.
“Peace in the Middle East can not be achieved without a full diplomatic effort by the Administration that encourages America’s Arab allies in the region to take an active, and positive role in the process,” said Senator Clinton. As the Administration moves forward with plans for an international meeting to address the situation, it is my sincere hope that the Secretary of State does not pass up this pivotal opportunity to reach out to these nations to enlist their aid. However, we must also insist that their participation must be substantial, visible, and constructive as we take the next steps in attempting to bring peace and stability to the region.”
The letter to Secretary of State Rice is attached –
October 2, 2007
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Rice,
As you step up American diplomatic actions and prepare for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we believe it is essential that other key players in the Middle East also step up and meet their responsibilities. The success of such a meeting, and ultimately the peace process itself, will depend on the cooperation we receive from the larger Arab world, particularly from those Arab states with close relations with the United States who have not yet signed agreements with Israel. Your ongoing efforts to work with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are critical, but so is the support these efforts receive from those Arab countries.
We know that in the past, the lack of sufficient support from some of the Arab states have made it difficult to reach earlier agreements. We also know that, for many years, many of these countries have been insisting on greater involvement by the Administration in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now that you and the Administration are indeed more actively engaged in Middle East diplomacy on an ongoing basis, we also believe that these Arab states should step forward with concrete, positive actions to promote peace and stability in the region.
In particular, you should press friendly Arab countries that have not yet done so, to:
1) Participate in the upcoming international meeting and be a full partner of the United States in advancing regional peace;
2) Take visible, meaningful steps in the financial, diplomatic and political arena to help Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad govern effectively and meet their obligations to fight terror;
3) Stop support for terrorist groups and cease all anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement;
4) Recognize Israel’s right to exist and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions;
5) End the Arab League economic boycott of Israel in all of its forms; and
6) Pressure Hamas to recognize Israel, reject terror and accept prior agreements, and isolate Hamas until it takes such steps.
We are encouraged that you are working hard to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The governments of Israel and the Palestinians are also working as best they can towards that goal. However without a sincere commitment from our allies in the Middle East to be partners in this effort, peace in the region will remain elusive.
We appreciate your attention to this critical matter.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on October 1, 2007
Actress turned activist Fran Drescher, she of “The Nanny” fame, has her sights set on Hillary clinton’s senate seat, should Clinton become the next US President.
Her activism began grimly, when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. “I feel that I got famous, I got cancer, and I lived to tell about it,” she says. “Now let’s spin this!” Cancer first brought her to Washington, where she teamed with Democrats and Republicans to win passage of Johanna’s Law, signed by the president this year, to create a campaign to educate women and health pros about the early signs of ovarian and other gynecological cancers. In June, she created Cancer Schmancer, based in Northern Virginia, to promote women’s health issues. Along the way, she says she won first lady Laura Bush’s help and was rewarded with a nomination to be a special U.S. envoy on women’s health issues. Her appointment is stuck in the usual bureaucracy, but she swears there are no skeletons in her closet. “I’m a good girl, I am,” she says. Her further political goal: being a New York senator. “If Hillary wins,” she tells us of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, “I want that seat!”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 18, 2007
Senator Clinton Calls on Hungarian Government to Return Stolen Artwork to Rightful Owner — Artwork Stolen During Holocaust Currently Held By Two Hungarian-State-Owned Museums (News release and copy of letter)
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined with other members of the Helsinki Commission to call on the Hungarian government to return multiple pieces of artwork that were stolen during the Holocaust to their rightful owner, Martha Nierenberg. In a letter to Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Kinga Goncz, the members of the Commission urged the speedy and long-overdue restoration of ten paintings currently held by two Hungarian-state-owned museums, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery.
“For too long, Martha Nierenberg has sought the return of paintings stolen from her family from the Hungarian government,” said Senator Clinton. “I urge the Hungarian government to take immediate action to resolve Martha Nierenberg’s claims.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 17, 2007
Clinton Reminds Voters Of Commitment to Israel
Last Tuesday, prior to the start of the Jewish High Holiday season, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign circulated a paper articulating her support for Israel. Headlined “Hillary Clinton: A Long History of Strong and Steadfast Leadership for the U.S.-Israel Relationship,” the statement addressed Mrs. Clinton’s positions on Israel’s fight against terrorism, the threat of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, and Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital. “Hillary Clinton believes that Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, secure from violence and terrorism, must never be questioned,” the paper states.
The release of the policy paper on the eve of a contentious season harkens back to a high-profile statement Mrs. Clinton made on Jerusalem as she made her early strides to the Senate seat held by Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1999. Back then, she penned a letter to Mandell Ganchrow, the president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, highlighting the importance of Jerusalem: “I personally consider Jerusalem the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel.”
When Mrs. Clinton sought her Senate seat, shoring up Jewish support was essential. Several months after her July 1999 missive on Jerusalem, she kissed Suha Arafat after the wife of the Palestinian Authority’s leader had accused Israel of using poison gas against its people. Over time, Mrs. Clinton’s advocacy for Israel on the campaign trail and in the Senate helped solidify her backing among this voting bloc.
“I’m comfortable with Hillary’s positions. I’m proud of Hillary’s positions. I believe she’s been successful over the years building a broad base of supporters. I think she’s appealing to progressive voters, centrist voters, and those for whom Israel and Israel’s national security is their single most important issue,” said Steve Grossman, a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a Clinton adviser on Middle East issues.
Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist, said Mrs. Clinton’s stance on Israel and Jerusalem made policy and political sense — despite potentially angering many in the liberal base of her party. “It is consistent with her positioning of the last several years. She is not a liberal on foreign policy matters,” Mr. Sheinkopf said.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 17, 2007
Senator Clinton Welcomes Opening of Disaster Assistance Center in Brooklyn Following Last Month’s Storms
Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today welcomed news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will coordinate efforts at a newly opened Disaster Assistance Center in Brooklyn to provide support to residents and business that were affected by the severe storm that battered New York City on August 8th. The opening of the Disaster Assistance Center follows last week’s decision by FEMA to amend the President’s August 31st major disaster declaration for the State of New York to include Brooklyn. Immediately following the storm, Senator Clinton had called on President Bush to quickly provide the necessary aid and funding to the residents of New York City who were impacted.
“The opening of the Disaster Assistance Center in Brooklyn will be a source of information and aid to those people whose property and businesses were damaged,” said Senator Clinton. “The storm took everyone by surprise and many people are still faced with the financial burden of recovering. It is important that the people of Brooklyn know where to go to get information and help if they were impacted. No one should be left bearing an unnecessary burden in the wake of this severe storm.”
Late last week, FEMA announced that they were amending the President’s major disaster declaration of August 31st for the State of New York, to include coverage for Kings County. This triggered the release of federal aid in the form of Individual Assistance (IA) for residents and Hazard Mitigation assistance for local authorities to aid in the recovery from severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that occurred August 8, 2007.
According to FEMA, the Disaster Assistance Center will be made available to Brooklyn residents and business owners who were adversely affected by the August 8th storm. The Individual Assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Federal funding also is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the state.
According to FEMA, to be eligible for disaster assistance aid applicants must register within 60 days of the date of the disaster declaration of August 31st. People who are seeking aid are not required to visit the Disaster Assistance Center, and may also register via the internet or by phone at:
- Through FEMA’s website at http://www.FEMA.gov
- By phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Registration lines are open 7 days a week, 8:00am to 9:00pm. Speech or hearing impaired residents should call TTY: 1-800-462-7585
- To meet in person with city, state, and federal disaster experts you may visit the Disaster Assistance Center which is located at 552 59th St., Brooklyn (Notre Dame Hall in Our Lady of Perpetual Help school). The Center will be open Monday through Saturday, 11:00am to 7:00pm.
To speed the process, residents should have the following information available when they apply for assistance: Social Security number (and that of your spouse); private insurance, if applicable; address and zip code of the damaged property; directions to the damaged home or property and a daytime telephone number.
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