Joseph Stamm met with Congressional leaders in DC, joined by board member Dr Lieberman and Maurice Bortz
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Med Review CEO Joseph Stamm co-chaired a delegation of 25 business leaders who met with congressional leaders and their staff to thank them for their support for Israel’s missile defense system and to urge them to approve the $600 million appropriation for military assistance to Israel which already has very strong bipartisan support. In past years Congress has appropriated funds even more than the President suggested.
The US-Israel missile defense system includes the Iron Dome. The Arrow Weapons System and David’s Sling. In view of continued instability in the Middle East and threats to Israel from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, there is bipartisan approval in Congress and among the US public for these programs. In addition, delegation members urged continued support for a Memorandum of Understanding between The United States and Israel that significantly increases the amount of aid and enhances Israel’s military capabilities. Establishing a new MOU requires successful completion of negotiations between the White House and Israel.
The delegation included community leaders representing finance, real estate, community centers, religious spokesmen, and executives in health care and related industries. Mr Stamm was accompanied by Med Review Board Member Dr Marvin Lieberman and Maurice Bortz, director of the National Physicians Review Division of Med Review.
The delegation spent the day in the Capitol and met with;
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO): A member of the Senate committees on Finance; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Senator John Boozman (R-AR): On the Committee on Appropriations currently serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD): currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is a senior member of the Environment & Public Works Committee and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS): Chairman of the full Senate Appropriations Committee as well as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Appropriations Committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): Senator Gillibrand has stood with Israel to protect its citizens against terrorist threats, strengthen sanctions against Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons, and support Israel’s continued efforts to bring peace and security to its people. Together with Senator Mark Kirk she led a bipartisan group of 30 senators in calling for full funding of U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Senator Graham serves as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. This Committee oversees international programs within the Department of Defense He also serves as the Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and on the Judiciary and Budget Committees.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK): Senator James Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Committee Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA): Congressman Ed Royce is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee. Combining his work on both Committees, Royce is a recognized leader in Congress on anti-terrorism finance issues. He is a founding member and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Anti-Terror Finance Task Force, which seeks to strengthen efforts to fight against the funding of terrorism.
Senator David Vitter (R-LA): Senator Vitter is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Judiciary; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Environment and Public Works Committees.
A few members of the delegation also met informally with Sharon Soderstrom, Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch Mc Connell (R-KY).
Joseph Stamm had the opportunity to briefly introduce MedReview to several Senators and gave a truncated version of its accomplishments over the last 40 years. A number of the senators, including The Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand suggested a follow up meeting, and a staff member has been tasked with following up to schedule the meeting.
Scheduling and other logistics for the days meetings were ably handled by Ezra Friedlander President of the Friedlander Group.