Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, sent a letter Oct. 30 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asking the Senate to pass the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act and provide appropriate resources to help protect synagogues and other nonprofit institutions that are vulnerable to acts of terrorism, Portman’s office announced in a news release.
In March, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee approved two amendments to the DHS Authorization Act authored by Portman, though the measure stalled afterward. Portman is calling on bipartisan Senate leadership to prioritize the amendments before the end of the year. The Senator visited the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown Oct. 30 to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community following the attacks Oct. 27 at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.
“This morning in Youngstown, I met with the leadership of the Jewish Community Center to express my solidarity with them in the face of the worst anti-Semitic incident in American history and to discuss where we go from here to stop anti-Semitism and hatred and to keep the Jewish community safe,” said Portman in the news release.
“I have been working to ensure Jewish facilities across Ohio have access to federal security grants to help improve the safety at their facilities. ... I am calling on the bipartisan leadership of the Senate to complete work this year on the DHS Authorization Act and provide appropriate resources to synagogues and other nonprofits across our country that are vulnerable to acts of terrorism. We need to get this done this year and show that we are doing everything we can to protect synagogues in Ohio and across our country.”