Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian

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  • Posted on October 26, 1998

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  • Women's Issues

We condemn the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian, an obstetrician who provided a full range of reproductive services including fertility counseling, contraception and abortions. Dr. Slepian, the seventh victim of anti-abortion extremists since 1993 was shot to death through his kitchen window following his return from synagogue this past Friday evening. We denounce this act…



Managed Care Regulation

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  • Posted on October 26, 1998

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  • Healthcare

While the transformation of healthcare in the U.S. from traditional fee-for-service practice to managed care has brought certain benefits, problems accompanying the rapid growth of managed care have also emerged. These include reports of limited access to medical professionals, restricted benefits, reduced services, and denial of coverage in some cases. Such reports have raised concerns…



Census 2000 Statistical Sampling

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The U.S. Constitution mandates that a national census be conducted every ten years. This enumeration serves as the cornerstone of government operations, affecting the allocation of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives; the drawing of Congressional districts; federal allocations for essential services, such as education, law enforcement, health care, and transportation; and implementation of…



Holocaust Assets Restitution

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  • Posted on June 8, 1998

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  • Holocaust

Within the last month, two long-awaited reports dealing with the looting of Jewish assets during the Holocaust have been released. These reports were investigated and drafted by the Bergier Commission, a panel of international historians established by the Swiss government to delve into Switzerland’s war-time behavior, and by the office of U.S. Undersecretary of State…



Minimum Wage

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  • Posted on February 23, 1998

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  • Labor

Federal legislation, scheduled to be introduced this week, would raise the current federal minimum wage by a modest 50 cents a year for each of the next two years. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) supports adoption of this legislation which would restore buying power to minimum wage workers who have seen their purchasing…



“Brownfields” Legislation

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At the state and federal level, numerous new programs have been proposed or initiated, and a variety of new laws have been passed in an effort to spur the development of “Brownfields,” or former industrial sites, primarily clustered in and around older urban areas, which are environmentally contaminated, abandoned, or underutilized. Brownfields programs and laws…



Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change

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 In December 1997, the nations of the world will gather in Kyoto, Japan to develop a treaty with binding commitments to address the threat of climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of over 2,000 climate scientists from around the world charged to evaluate the data on climate change to inform…



Persecution of Religious Minorities

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Consistent with our deep and abiding commitment to the protection of individual human rights, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) holds firm to the fundamental belief that all people should be free to worship as they choose. We are very disturbed by reports of torture and other forms of persecution directed at individuals because…



Opposing Passage of a Flag Desecration Amendment

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The American flag is among the most important symbols of our freedoms. It stands for the rights which we cherish, among the most precious of which are those protected by the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. Freedom of speech – which protects the right to speak our political views no matter how unpopular they…



Genetic Testing, Discrimination and the Jewish Community

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  • Posted on June 23, 1997

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  • Healthcare

Recent advances in genetic science have created hopeful new medical possibilities and have also raised serious concerns. As researchers race to map the whole human genome and identify mutations which might be predictive of the onset of disease, genetic tests, utilized within a controlled research environment and now commercially available, may determine whether an individual…