Washington (Jan. 27)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
The subject of the enactment of a kosher law in the District of Columbia, similar to that effective in New York state, will be reopened as a result of a protest made by Congressman Samuel Dickstein of New York.
The District House Committee last Friday decided not to report Congressman Dickstein’s bill to the House on the ground that it was a sectarian measure.
Congressman Dickstein today made public the fact that the action of the House District Committee in rejecting his kosher bill was due to the failure of the Committee to notify him of the measure, although he had been assured that he would be given an opportunity to be heard. Therefore, Congressman Dickstein stated, he protested to the Committee which, as a result, will give him and the local rabbis an opportunity to present their arguments in favor of the bill. Congressman Dickstein is hopeful that the temporary defeat may be turned into a victory.
Congressman Dickstein stated that he will urge the adoption of the Interstate Commerce Kosher Bill, which he introduced. This bill, he state, is of national Jewish concern. He expects a hearing before the Interstate Commerce Committee on this bill within ten days.
Congressman Dickstein charged the same lobby which worked against his kosher bill in Albany, is conspiring against the present kosher measures, expressing the suspicion that this lobby was responsible for the strange action of the House District Committee with reference to the local kosher bill. He stated that at least 12,000 of the Jewish population of Washington, which numbers approximately 15,000, are in favor of his bill.