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Norpac hosts two senators

David and Rena Schlussel flank Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). (Photos courtesy Norpac)

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was welcomed back to the home of Rena and David Schlussel for a Norpac meeting in Teaneck. Senator Collins chairs the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee and is a former chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She also is on the Intelligence Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Ms. Collins was co-author of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Strategic Cooperation Act (S. 2165), which increased joint cooperation between America and Israel in fields including missile defense, homeland security, energy, intelligence, and cyber-security. As the principal author — with then-Senator Joe Lieberman — of landmark cybersecurity legislation, Senator Collins wrote a provision to establish joint cooperation between the United States and Israel in her Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

 

Michael and Debbie Blumenthal with Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), center.

Later that day, Debbie and Michael Blumenthal welcomed Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) for a Norpac meeting in their Englewood home. Ms. Smith is on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which considers legislation related to international sanctions against entities such as Hamas and Hezbollah. This year she co-sponsored the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, codifying the Memorandum of Understanding that provides $3.3. billion annually in security assistance to Israel (plus $500 million in missile defense funding).

Both senators will be up for re-election in November 2020.

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