NCJW Says No Deal Is Better than a Bad Deal, Calls on Congress to Focus on Jobs

November 22, 2011, Washington, DC – In the wake of the latest breakdown in deficit negotiations, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed gratitude that the Super Committee did not place the burden of deficit reduction on the backs of the poor and called on Congress to redirect its attention to policies that will help end unemployment. NCJW President Linda Slucker and NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“NCJW is gratified that at least some members of the Super Committee were committed to an equitable tax package that asks the most of those who can best afford to pay. Without such a commitment, true long-term deficit reduction is impossible. Middle and lower-income Americans cannot be asked to shoulder cuts to safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and needed spending on education and infrastructure.

“NCJW continues to believe that recovery from the nation’s alarmingly high unemployment rate will come only from policies that promote economic growth, which means government spending in the shorter term in order to create sustained job growth in the future. It’s time for Congress to get to back to work now on extending unemployment benefits and enacting other measures that will strengthen the economy and relieve the plight of those who are still unemployed, underemployed, or in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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