Congress increases funds to support Holocaust survivors, nonprofit security

In Washington, DC JFNA lobbies Congress to support and fund our national policy priorities: View 2018 Public Policy Priorities


Last night, Congress released the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (“the Omnibus Bill”). Its passage will keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. Included in the bill are increased allocations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) --from $25 million to $60 million--and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)’ Administration for Community Living’s Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program --from $2.5 million to $5 million. The House of Representatives has already passed the bill and the Senate could take it up as early as today.

In addition to successfully advocating for these two programs our DC team, led by William Daroff, lobbied to support a $120 million allocation for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program; to provide the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism with at least $1 million for programs to combat anti-Semitism abroad; to provide funding for the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues; and to preserve the critical Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from participating in political campaigns for public office.

-Rebecca Dinar, Associate Vice President, Stragetic Marketing & Communications - The Jewish Federations of North America


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