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Jewish Community Budget Letter

03:15 PM Mar 19, 2009

Every year, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs works with our partners at United Jewish Communities to organize a "Jewish Community Budget Letter", highlighting the need to invest in programs and policies that assist vulnerable populations.

Today, JCPA sent this letter, signed by over 100 national and local Jewish organizations, up to Capitol Hill, sharing with Members of Congress communal priorities for the FY2010 Budget.

This year, the Jewish community budget letter underscored the need for investments in four critical areas:

    • Healthcare Reform that will provide quality, affordable, accessible choices to all and includes long-term care reform.
    • Discretionary Spending sufficient discretionary to allow for new investments in critical human needs programs such as: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the Social Services Block Grant, the Community Services Block Grant, the Older Americans Act, and Sections 8, 811 and 202 housing.
    • Four billion/year in new funding for Child Nutrition Programs in advance of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs this year.
    • Initial funding for the National Housing Trust Fund representing a down payment for a dedicated source of revenue to build, rehabilitate and preserve 1.5 million units of housing for the lowest income families over the next 10 years.

Next week, the House and Senate Budget Committees will mark up their versions of the FY2010 Budget. NOW is the time to weigh in with your members of Congress about the Jewish community's budget priorities.

ACTION! Please send the Jewish Community Budget Letter (available by clicking here) to your Members of Congress or use it as a model in crafting your own letter. Call your members and urge them to weigh in with their colleagues on the Budget Committee to emphasize healthcare reform, Child Nutrition Programs, housing, and discretionary funding for other human needs in next week's budget mark-up.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Melissa Boteach at

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