What's on Our Mind 7-30-2021

JAC was saddened to learn of the passing Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
First elected to the Senate in 1978, JAC was proud to call Sen. Levin our friend. Our members always looked forward to visiting with him in Washington and hearing him address us during our annual policy conference. 
His support and commitment to JAC’s values was unparalleled. He was a strong and passionate voice for the US-Israel relationship as Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee. He saw the dangers of Israel becoming a partisan issue and fought against those in Congress that wanted to use Israel as a political wedge to divide the Jewish community.
“Our commitment to Israel and her people is and must remain unshakeable,” Sen. Levin said.
Sen. Levin was also a strong supporter of making women’s health and family planning services affordable and available. He used his position of power on the Armed Services Committee to advocate for reproductive health services for military families. He voted to repeal the ban on privately funded abortions for military personnel and dependents at overseas military hospitals.
He earned respect from his colleagues for his willingness to work across the aisle. Throughout his years of public service, Sen. Levin touched countless lives as he constantly strove to move our country forward for all.
It was a privilege to work with Sen. Levin and JAC will always be grateful to him for his work on behalf of JAC and our country.
May his memory be a blessing.