November 4, 2015
Dear State Government Affairs Professionals, JCRC Directors, and Other Interested Parties:
Now that Congress has agreed to a $1,067 trillion budget for FY 2016, Appropriators will spend the next 5 ½ weeks determining how they will divvy up the funding among 12 Appropriations subcommittees, and further determine how the funding will be allocated to individual programs at the Department and agency levels. This means that the real work of appropriating still remains—and that advocacy between now and the end of the year is vital!
For the most part, Appropriators will be working off of the most advanced versions of the individual fiscal 2016 spending bills that were either considered or passed by each chamber or in committee earlier this year, and compiling every single difference in language, funding and policy riders between the two houses. The list of differences will become the starting point for negotiations.
Under this framework, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) urges you to immediately contact your Senators and Representatives in support of the funding allocations for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Project, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). With your timely advocacy, Congress could increase funding for the NSGP Program, secure new funding for the Holocaust Survivors initiative, and prevent an egregious cut to the EFSP program within the final spending deal being negotiated.
Please urge your Senators and members of Congress to:
Fund the NSGP program at $25 million, as approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. (NSGP Backgrounder)
Fund the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program at $2.5 million, as approved by the House Appropriations Committee. (Survivor Initiative Backgrounder)
Fund the EFSP program at $120 million, as approved by the House Appropriations Committee. (EFSP Program Backgrounder)
Thank you for your advocacy efforts. Please contact Rob Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.736.5881 if you have any questions.
William C. Daroff
Senior Vice President for Public Policy &
Director of the Washington Office