The Jewish Federations are grateful for the inclusion of key priorities in the reconciliation framework President Biden announced Thursday that will help support our communities and ensure that our network of Federation-supported agencies are able to serve the most vulnerable, both in the Jewish community and beyond.
"Federations are deeply focused on the need to protect our most vulnerable, a key factor in allowing our communities to flourish," said Jewish Federations of North America President and CEO Eric Fingerhut.
"President Biden's framework includes important investments in childcare, health care for older adults and people with disabilities, and anti-poverty programs to support families and low-wage workers, which we hope to see advance in Congress."
Federations took a leading role in advocating for the Better Care Better Jobs Act, which is included in the bill and invests $150 billion for Medicaid home-cased care for older adults and people with disabilities. The bill would fund the program for a decade and includes provisions to make it permanent.
The one-year extension of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit are also major priorities that will continue to cut child poverty rates.
Jewish Federations have worked closely with interfaith partners to advocate for these programs.