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2010-LT-IP on Jan 27, 2010

Letter: Letter to Pres. Obama from 54 members of Congress
Source: Letter to Pres. Obama from 54 members of Congress
Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your ongoing work to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for your commitment of $300 million in US aid to rebuild the Gaza Strip. We write to you with great concern about the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The people of Gaza have suffered enormously since the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt following Hamas’ coup, and particularly following Operation Cast Lead. We also sympathize deeply with the people of southern Israel who have suffered from abhorrent rocket and mortar attacks. We recognize that the Israeli government has imposed restrictions on Gaza out of a legitimate and keenly felt fear of continued terrorist action by Hamas and other militant groups. This concern must be addressed without resulting in the de facto collective punishment of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip. Truly, fulfilling the needs of civilians in Israel and Gaza are mutually reinforcing goals.

    We ask that you advocate for immediate improvements for Gaza in the following areas:
  • Movement of people, especially students, the ill, aid workers, journalists, and those with family concerns, into and out of Gaza
  • Access to clean water, including water infrastructure materials
  • Access to plentiful and varied food and agricultural materials
  • Access to medicine and health care products and suppliers
  • Access to sanitation supplies, including sanitation infrastructure materials
  • Access to construction materials for repairs and rebuilding
  • Access to fuel
  • Access to spare parts
  • Prompt passage into and out of Gaza for commercial and agricultural goods; and
  • Publication and review of the list of items prohibited to the people of Gaza.
Despite ad hoc easing of the blockade, there has been no significant improvement in the quantity and scope of goods allowed into Gaza. Lifting these restrictions will give civilians in Gaza a tangible sense that diplomacy can be an effective tool for bettering their conditions.


  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza

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Democrats participating in 2010-LT-IP

Brian Baird s1sWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat 
Bruce Braley s1sIA Democratic Challenger 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
John Conyers s1sMichigan Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1sOregon Democrat 
John Dingell s1sMichigan Democrat 
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Jim Himes s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jay Inslee s1sWA Democratic Governor 
Marcy Kaptur s1sOhio Democrat 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Mary Jo Kilroy s1sOhio Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Eric Massa s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat 
Glenn Nye s1sVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
James Oberstar s1sMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Nick Rahall s1sWest Virginia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1sWashington Democrat 
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Paul Tonko s1sNew York Democrat 
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 2010-LT-IP



Independents participating in 2010-LT-IP

Joe Sestak s1sPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 51
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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