February 28, 2020

AIPAC Announces Bipartisan Congressional Leadership Will Address Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on March 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to speak at the conference, but cut his U.S. trip short after a rocket from Gaza struck Israel. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The majority and minority leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives will address the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual policy conference.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said Friday that Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the majority leader, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the minority leader, would be appearing at this year’s March 1-3 conference.

The announcement that Hoyer would speak comes amid an organized campaign from the left pressuring Democrats not to attend the conference.

It’s not known yet whether they will appear together, but AIPAC at many of its past conferences has paired a top Republican and a leading Democrat to underscore bipartisan support for its agenda.