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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Thursday, April 4, 2013  

AJFCA member agencies have two opportunities to express support for advocacy initiatives. Please review the letters below, and if your agency is interested, you may sign on directly with the organizers of the letters. AJFCA has signed on to both letters. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Rood.
Support Investment in Education, Health, Children's Programs and Workforce Training - Deadline April 5th
The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees provides funding for virtually all federal health, education and workforce programs in our communities. As the House and Senate Appropriations Committees allocate money to each of their subcommittees, AJFCA advocates for a strong 302(b) allocation to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees. At this stage in the appropriations process, discretionary health programs are competing for funding with all of the other nondefense discretionary programs within the spending caps established by the budget resolutions. Without a strong 302(b) allocation for Labor-HHS-Education, there is little chance of increased funding for these programs, which are experiencing greater need combined with flat or reduced funding. To view the text of the letter, click here, and to add your organization's name, click here.
Encourage Senate Leadership to Support a Comprehensive Approach to Reduce Gun Violence  - Deadline April 9th
When Congress returns to session, the Senate is scheduled to begin debate on a package of gun violence prevention legislation. As our nation grapples with the challenge of how to reduce gun violence, the faith community, including several Jewish organizations, have weighed in on the urgency of reducing gun violence. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is circulating a sign-on letter that encourages the Senate to look at many different ways to accomplish the goal of reducing violence. To view the text of the letter, click here, and to add your organization's name, email Taylor Lustig at the JCPA.