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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Monday, June 17, 2013  

Please contact Shelley Rood with questions about any of these legislative updates.
RUSH Act Washington Post Column and Action Alert
As most of you are aware, AJFCA, along with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has been active in advocating for the Responding to the Urgent needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act (RUSH). The Washington Post recently published William Daroff's column on the RUSH Act. It is very important that we increase the number of Senate cosponsors this week for this important legislation. Please read the column and use this Action Alert and  template letter as a guide to reach out to your Congressional delegation. The RUSH Act currently has 8 cosponsors in the Senate and 18 in the House.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
AJFCA is beginning work on your behalf with an exciting new partner that we hope will bring important benefits to our network. In shaping our work, the partner has an immediate need to know which of our member agencies:
  1. Conduct outreach for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
  2. Provide assistance to clients in applying for SNAP?
Many of you have already responded. If you have not yet responded, please do so to Sandy no later than Friday, June 21st with just a yes or no indicating if your agency engages in either or both of the activities above?
SNAP Action Alert
AJFCA along with our friends at Mazon invite you to send a strong message to Congress by mobilizing your networks to join the National Call-in Day organized for Tuesday, June 18th. This is a critical opportunity to demonstrate strong support for nutrition programs to ensure access to nutritious food for Americans struggling with hunger.

Calling Congress is easy. Here's how:
  • Call the toll-free hotline set up by Feeding America at 866-527-1087.  
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.  
  • Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from. Be sure to give the name of the organization you are affiliated with.  
  • Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message: 
As your constituent, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill due to the harmful cuts to SNAP. Cuts to SNAP and SNAP-Ed would increase hunger and make it harder for families to access a nutritious diet. With so many families still struggling to put food on the table, it is important to protect and strengthen nutrition programs. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.

Spread the word by sharing this call to action with your local networks and on social media.
Appropriations Update
As you may know, the House and Senate Appropriations committees are marking up their appropriations bills at two different levels. The Appropriations committee marks up and passes each subcommittee bill at the committee level. The following is an update on where the committees are in the process with each subcommittee's spending bill. Click here to view the Appropriations Update: FY 2014.
Sequestration Cuts
Some of you may have begun to receive letters from your county or state government office detailing how various programs will be affected by sequestration. If you receive such a notification, please email Shelley and let her know. Even if you receive an estimation of potential cuts, please let Shelley know what program this is under and how the cuts could affect you.