It’s been a successful week in Washington for U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch.
The Florida Democrat introduced three bills -- all of which were passed unanimously by the House of Representatives.
On Monday, Deutch joined with U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to pass legislation urging the German government to fulfill its moral obligation to Holocaust survivors.
“We introduced this bill to send the German government a clear, unified message that Congress is watching the negotiations carefully and expects the government to live up to its obligation to survivors,” Deutch said in a news release. “I was very pleased to see the Germans agree to dramatically increase funding for survivors’ care and remove caps on home care coverage. As survivors age their needs grow, we in Congress will continue to work to ensure that they have the care they need to live their remaining days in dignity.”
Also this week, Deutch joined with U.S. Congressmen Steve Israel (D-NY) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and 158 other members of Congress to introduce a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Jewish writer Elie Wiesel. A Holocaust survivor, Wiesel passed on July 2 at the age of 87. The Romanian born writer is perhaps best known for penning “Night” – a best selling account of his experience in Nazi concentration camps.
“Elie Weisel’s recounting of his harrowing survival of the Holocaust has helped to teach millions of people around the world of what can happen when bigotry and hatred are left unchecked,” Deutch said in a news release.
On Tuesday, the House, by an overwhelming margin, passed another Deutch introduced piece of legislation. House resolution 729 essentially renews the United States’ commitment and guarantee to Israel’s security and maintaining her qualitative military edge.
“Israel’s security threats are only growing more complex, and there is no greater time for the United States to reaffirm our commitment to Israel’s security,” Deutch said in a news release.
Deutch, a four-term Congressman, represents parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Washington and serves as the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. He is an unwavering friend of the LGBT community and was selected as a top 25 straight ally this year by SFGN.