What's New at Government Affairs?
Automatic Federal Cuts likely to Impact JUF/JF Affiliate Agency Social Services and Israel Security Funding
As the sequestration goes into effect with no agreement in sight, the immediate fallout is still unclear. The Jewish Federation Washington Office is working with elected and appointed officials to determine the impact on JUF/JF affiliate agency programs as well as security funding for Israel... Click here to read more.
House Passes Domestic Violence Prevention Legislation
The House passed S. 47, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a vote of 286-138 on Thursday (February 28). VAWA has provided protection from domestic abuse since 1994 by providing millions of dollars in aid, thousands of beds for emergency shelters, counseling, legal advice, and hotline support... Click here to read more.
Iran Sanctions Bill Introduced with help of Illinois Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-16) and Brad Schneider (D-10)
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and ranking Democrat Eliot L. Engel of New York introduced a bill Wednesday that would bar a range of international commerce with Iran, beyond the energy and financial transactions U.S. sanctions laws... Click here to read more.
Write On for Israel Fellows Advocate on Capitol Hill
Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, met with the Latino Caucus and the African-American caucus on his first visit to the Illinois State Legislature... Click here to read more.
To read more about the JUF's State Government Affairs, read Suzanne Strassberger's blog, which can be found here.
New Members of Congress
The 2012 election on November 6 swept in six new representatives for Illinois. You can see their biographies linked below:
What We Do
- Work with health and human service organizations to develop partnerships and alliances that benefit the Jewish community;
- Orchestrate and present legislative initiatives on behalf of vulnerable populations in Chicago;
- Collaborate with JCRC on community relations and international issues; and
- Promote public-private partnerships to strengthen combined advocacy.