New Congress, Old Challenges 

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New Congress, Old Challenges 

January 4, 2021, Washington, DC – As the new 117th Congress begins, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) highlighted the wealth of unfinished business from the last Congress that requires lawmakers’ immediate attention. NCJW Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:

“National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) welcomes the 117th Congress. With additional COVID relief urgently needed and so few bills passed by the previous Senate, NCJW is eager for the new Congress to get to work for all Americans. While the 116th Congress passed a relief bill in its waning days, it is a drop in the bucket of what this country really needs — particularly as infection rates continue to spike.

“Specifically, we urge the new Congress to start with critical health and economic measures left out of the last package: an additional $40 billion for child care and $1600 in stimulus checks; paid leave; funding for state and local governments; and access to care and services for 4 million immigrants, including 2 million children. Congress will also have to address rental assistance, eviction moratorium, unemployment benefits, nutrition assistance, and more as these programs, passed in the last package, run out. These issues must be the top priority for lawmakers in order to contend with the current health crisis; support families, workers, and those impacted by the virus; and prepare for a successful recovery.

“Additionally, throughout the 117th Congress, NCJW urges lawmakers to focus on: passing HR 1 to reform our democracy; reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to provide vital supports to survivors; passage of the EACH Woman Act and Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure access to abortion; passage of economic justice measures that allow workers to make a living wage and balance work and family responsibilities; passage of comprehensive health coverage; passage of legislation mandating universal background checks, banning assault weapons, and eliminating loopholes allowing stalkers and domestic abusers to access guns; passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as well as the NO BAN Act and NO HATE Act to address key civil rights issues; passage of immigration and asylum efforts supporting the rights, opportunities, and health of all on our shores; passing the Do No Harm Act and measures to end the distortion of religious liberty; and the confirmation of judicial nominees who are fair, impartial, and qualified and represent the diversity of our nation.

“NCJW’s mission to protect and advance the rights of women, children, and families means that we have a lot of work to do in this Congress. While there was important progress in the House on many of the above issues during the 116th Congress, the misguided and harmful priorities of the last Senate meant few Americans actually saw their lives improve. NCJW advocates across the country are committed to working with the 117th Congress to achieve real results, and urge lawmakers to get down to business immediately for the American people.”

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. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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National Council of Jewish Women Appalled by Senate Judiciary Committee’s Rush to Seat Amy Coney Barrett


October 22, 2020

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Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team, 202-765-4290

National Council of Jewish Women Appalled by Senate Judiciary Committee’s Rush to Seat Amy Coney Barrett

Jewish women decry lack of COVID relief in favor of a sham confirmation process for the highest court in the land

WASHINGTON — National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement today in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court:

“The Senate has an obligation to prioritize the American people. With over 220,000 Americans dead from coronavirus and more than 30 million people without jobs, now is the time for the Senate to pass a comprehensive relief package that protects American lives — not rush a Supreme Court nominee who would take away our health care, putting more people at risk.

“It is the Senate’s role to advise and consent on judicial nominees, a process that should involve intense scrutiny for a lifetime position. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Lindsey Graham’s decision to break the rules not once but twice to ram through a vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett completely undermines the legitimacy of our democratic process. A lifetime appointment on our highest court deserves time and attention, particularly as the country is still learning about Judge Barrett and her background.

“Indeed, Judge Barrett’s past statements and decisions regarding health care and abortion, gun safety, immigration, racial justice, and more warrant a full, thorough investigation. The Supreme Court is the people’s court, and the country deserves a justice who will shift our nation towards equality, ensuring the most vulnerable are considered in every decision. Based on her record, that is not Judge Barrett.

“The National Council of Jewish Women’s advocates and Courts Matter coalitions across the country will continue our decades-long fight to ensure fair, independent, and qualified judges who will protect the rights of all Americans. This is not over, and we will use every tool in our toolbox to contact senators as we work to advance and protect the rights of women, children, and families.”

National Council of Jewish Women understands that good policy is key to protecting the lives of vulnerable women, children, and families. We are committed to thoroughly analyzing and advocating for policy that expands access to reproductive health, rights, and justice; expands access to the polls and voter education/turnout; and cultivates a fair, independent, and unbiased federal judiciary. Follow our groundbreaking work online on Twitter and Facebook at @NCJW.