Lobbyists push for aid despite sequester

Enough has been in the news about how the government's "sequestration" is going to hurt across the board, but political pundit Josh Ruebner says it's not stopping one powerful lobby from seeking more funding for its cause.
Mar 5, 2013


"The long-dreaded sequestration has arrived, bringing with it potentially catastrophic consequences for governmental programs designed to benefit those most in need," Ruebner wrote in his Monday blog for The Hill. "The NAACP estimates these across-the-board cuts will result in 100,000 fewer low-income children being prepared for school through Head Start, 17 million fewer Meals on Wheels delivered to seniors suffering from food insecurity, and 1.6 million fewer unemployed Americans served through job training, education and employment services."

Ruebner, author of "Why Obama failed to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace," said thousands of “Israel-first” citizen lobbyists were expected to descend on Capitol Hill today as part of the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He said the committee is the biggest and most influential of the groups comprising the "Israel lobby."

"Concern for these millions of Americans will not be on its legislative agenda," he continued. "

Instead, AIPAC will be lobbying to avert the impact of sequestration on record-breaking levels of U.S. military aid to Israel. It will also be pushing for legislation to boost the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance and green-light an Israeli attack on Iran, measures which will both inevitably entail demands for additional U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel."

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