NCJW 117th Congress Priorities

NCJW’s priorities are listed in no particular order and reflect much (though not all) of our agenda.

Civil Rights

  • Pass For the People Act
  • Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
  • Pass HR 51 to grant statehood to the District of Columbia
  • Codify marriage equality
  • Pass the Equality Act
  • Pass the NO BAN Act and the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act
  • Address the many facets of racial justice across issues, sectors, regulations, legislation, and government agencies (not just in civil rights legislation or agency Offices of Civil


  • Make judicial nominations a priority and select and nominate for federal judgeships individuals who are fair, independent, diverse, and qualified with a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights
  • Expand seats on lower courts
  • Require a code of ethics and implement a recusal policy for Supreme Court justices; ensure transparency for Supreme Court proceedings

Economic Justice

  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Pass Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • Pass the FAMILY Act
  • Pass the Healthy Families Act
  • Pass Raise the Wage Act

Health Care

  • Pass additional comprehensive COVID response bill(s)
  • Pass Women’s Health Protection Act
  • Repeal the Hyde Amendment: Pass the EACH Woman Act
  • Pass Global HER Act
  • Pass the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act
  • Repeal the Helms Amendment: Pass Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act
  • Eliminate Weldon Amendment

Human Needs

  • Pass a federal budget and appropriations bills to fund human needs programs, protect low income and vulnerable people, promote job creation and strengthen the economy,
    increase revenue from fair sources, and reflect our nation’s priorities


  • Reduce funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection
  • Create a path to citizenship for Dreamers, including DACA recipients, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders
  • Reinstate refugee admission levels to at least their historic average of 95,000 per year
  • Promote the use of community-based alternatives to detention and improve oversight of conditions in detention. End detention for children, families, and other vulnerable
  • Restore our nation’s asylum system, including canceling PACR and HARP programs and “safe third-country” agreements
  • Halt border wall construction

Gender-Based and Sexual Violence

  • Reauthorize VAWA, addressing structural barriers to safety for Native women, culturally specific strategies, expanded resources for LGBTQ survivors and people with
    disabilities, immigration protections, economic justice for survivors, homelessness, and housing, and more.

Gun Violence Prevention

  • Pass Universal Background Checks
  • Eliminate loopholes that allow convicted stalkers and domestic abusers access to guns
  • Ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines
  • Fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence

Religious Freedom

  • Pass the Do No Harm Act
  • Protect the Johnson Amendment and direct the IRS to enforce it
  • Prioritize funding for public schools and oppose policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away from the public school system


  • Perform robust oversight of the implementation of the above legislation and the actions of
    the executive and judicial branches using all the tools at Congress’ disposal