January 9, 2009
WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama’s planned initiatives to stimulate the economy is good news for the nation’s most vulnerable, says a leading Jewish group.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes President-elect Obama’s economic recovery plan and encourages swift passage by Members of the 111th Congress. On Thursday, Obama released details of the economic recovery package he will ask Congress to consider upon his inauguration. His plan includes initiatives to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, an increased commitment to the development of clean energy and a significant investment in jobs, education and health care, among other priorities.
Steve Gutow, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs made the following statement following President-elect Obama’s address.
“As a nation, we are facing a very difficult economic situation and over the next few weeks, President-elect Obama and our Senators and Representatives will be required to make some difficult decisions on what is effective and what is not. We agree with the President-elect that time is of the essence and we must move swiftly before our nation’s economic situation worsens, but no plan can be implemented without considering the needs of the nation’s most vulnerable. Since the biblical era, when Jews were commanded not to harvest the corners of our fields for those who were hungry, the Jewish community has been committed to those in need.
We are pleased President-elect Obama’s plan includes aid for all Americans as well as takes steps to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, which benefits not only us at home, but the state of Israel. We encourage Congress to provide its support.”
In 2007, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) launched its national anti-poverty initiative, “There Shall Be No Needy Among You.” Through this campaign, JCPA and other Jewish, interfaith and civil-rights organizations are urging local, state, and national leaders to advance anti-poverty legislation and programs to help provide food, shelter and additional work and educational opportunities for the nation’s most vulnerable. These grassroots efforts have led to an increased national commitment to reduce poverty.