Confronting Poverty

ACTION: Calls Needed on the Economic Recovery Conference Report!

ACTION: Please call your Members of Congress TODAY and TOMORROW and urge them to vote in favor of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act!

BACKGROUND: After months of working on the economic recovery package, the end is in sight! While the exact legislative language has yet to be released, yesterday the House and Senate reached agreement on the package, which will be sent to President Obama's desk shortly. Below is a summary of the details of the conference report that have been released to the public.



03:15 PM Feb 12, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

SCHIP Signed Into Law, But No Time to Rest!!

Yesterday, the House passed and President Obama signed into law the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which provides healthcare to a total of 11 million children whose parents cannot afford insurance on the private market, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. In addition to expanding coverage to four million additional children who were not previously covered under SCHIP, the bill also removes the waiting period for legal immigrant children and pregnant women, who had been barred from receiving medical care under SCHIP or Medicaid during their first five years in this country.

JCPA's Executive Director, Rabbi Steve Gutow, attended the signing ceremony, stating, "It was exceptionally rewarding to watch President Obama sign this bill into law today. JCPA and many other groups have worked tirelessly to keep this bill alive, which ensures that some of the most vulnerable sections of the population in this country get access to life-saving health care." Click here to read JCPA's full press release. Please also take a moment to call your Representatives and Senators who voted for this historic legislation and thank them for supporting healthcare for America's children.



03:16 PM Feb 05, 2009 - 0 comments permalink


CORRECTION: Yesterday's Confronting Poverty contained important information about calling your Senators to ensure that there is funding for food banks in the economic recovery package (specifically The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP).

However, it mistakenly says that "the House version did not include TEFAP funding to help food banks keep up with increased demand and higher food costs." In fact, in Wednesday's House Appropriations Committee mark-up Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) successfully offered an amendment, which added in $150 million for two years of TEFAP funding. We apologize for this error.

UPDATE: We also wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a timely update on the economic recovery package. Three House committees have approved their parts of the recovery package: Appropriations (approved on January 21, by a vote of 35-22); Ways and Means (approved on January 22, by a vote of 24-13); and Energy and Commerce (approved its part of the Recovery bill on January 22, by a vote of 34-17).



03:19 PM Jan 23, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

Economic Recovery Bill Passes the House; On to the Senate!

Yesterday, the House approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR 1) by a vote of 244-188. Click here to read JCPA's press release hailing the passage of the bill. Earlier this week, the Senate Appropriations and Finance Committees marked-up their version of the bill (S1), which Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to bring to the floor for debate this Monday, February 2nd.

This week's Confronting Poverty will focus on the differences between the House-passed bill, and the version that is coming before the full Senate shortly. It is important to understand these distinctions so that as we contact our members of Congress we can push for the best package possible, targeting assistance to families that need it most while simultaneously boosting funding for programs that will help revitalize the American economy.



03:17 PM Jan 22, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

Summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009

Today, the House Appropriations Committee released its summary of the economic recovery package. Over the next two weeks, Congress will be considering this bill, entitled "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009," designed to jumpstart our economy, create jobs, help those hurting from the recession, and make long-term investments to restore America's economic prowess.



03:33 PM Jan 15, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

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