The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) went a long way in helping the nation, including our Jewish communal organizations, but much more help is needed.
This week, Senate Republican leaders released the Health Care Economic Assistance Liability and Schools Act (HEALS Act), and their initial proposals on what should be included. As Democrats were excluded from the preliminary negotiations which produced these drafts, and deep divisions remain within the Republican caucus, getting any new COVID relief across the finish line will be difficult.
Now is the time to ensure our collective voices are heard on Capitol Hill so the priorities of the Jewish community are included in the next bill, likely the last major COVID relief enacted before the election.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY
The coming days are crucial as negotiations over the next COVID-19 relief bill come to a head and our elected officials continue to work on finding solutions. With so much uncertainty, and so much at stake, the task at hand is one of the most serious and complex our country has ever had to face.
Senate leaders hope to conclude this process by early August, but consensus will be difficult to achieve and passage requires 60 votes.
Here is Jewish Federations of North Americas' analysis of some of the provisions included in the package. While introduction was an important step to obtain additional COVID-19 relief, these measures are insufficient and must be improved before Congress votes on final passage.
To help advance the Jewish community's collective advocacy goals, please REACH OUT to your member(s) of Congress, particularly Senators Menendez and Booker, and urge them to make necessary improvements in the legislation. Here are the Jewish Federations' specific priorities. Click here to send a letter to your Member of Congress.
Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey advocates for the needs of the Jewish community with elected and civic leaders locally and in Trenton and Washington, as well as through its afiliation with parent organization, Jewiswh Federations of North America.