July 14, 2016
Congressional recesses provide an excellent opportunity for you to visit your legislators and their staff in their home offices (or invite them to your own agencies), reintroduce yourselves, and talk about your Federations’ priorities.
Congress will adjourn tomorrow for its “summer work period” and will be home through Labor Day (Sept. 5). For scheduling purposes, senators and representatives can be reached in their district/state offices or through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. At these meetings, your goal should be to educate them about the make-up and needs of your community.
In addition to your own communal priorities, we encourage you to ask your members of Congress to support the following issues, which remain active in the current Congress. They are extremely important to the national Jewish community and the vulnerable people we serve.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
IRA Charitable Rollover Expansion
ABLE Act Improvements
Combating BDS Act
Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Mental Health Reform
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity during Congress’ summer recess to showcase the valuable service your Federations and partner agencies provide for the community.
If you have any questions on our summer advocacy plan or to learn more about any of these pieces of legislation, please feel free to contact Robert Goldberg at: Rob.Goldberg@JewishFederations.org or 202/736-5881 or Stephan Kline at Stephan.Kline@JewishFederations.org or 202/736-5864. We would also encourage your feedback on any legislative outreach you make.
William C. Daroff
Senior Vice President for Public Policy &
Director of the Washington Office