2018 August Recess Toolkit

by tgilden

In August, most Members of Congress schedule in-district meetings in their home states while Congress is in recess. This provides an important opportunity for the Jewish community relations network to advocate on priority issues that are currently before Congress.

In addition to issue briefs with background information and talking points, the toolkit also provides tips for:

    • Making a personal visit to a legislator
    • Creating a meeting agenda
    • Presenting an issue
    • Responding to your legislator’s agreement or opposition

During your visit, we suggest prioritizing the following issues that are currently before Congress for consideration. You can also use these as one-pagers to leave behind with your legislator.

End Family Separation and Detention – Congress should urge the Administration to end the “zero tolerance” policy and reunite the hundreds of families that remain separated.

Keep Our Nation’s Doors Open to Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Support a refugee resettlement cap of at least 75,000, which is already insufficient, especially given the severity of the refugee crises.

Pass a Faithful FY19 Federal Budget – Ensure that FY19 appropriations protect our most vulnerable by increasing funding for anti-poverty programs, the Census Bureau, and humanitarian aid.

Stop the Delegitimization of Israel – Oppose the delegitimization of Israel by cosponsoring the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” (S. 720/H.R. 1697).

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