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Build Back Better Act Passes House
WASHINGTON – Today, the Build Back Better Act, an opportunity to build back an economy that works for women and families, passed the House of Representatives. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:
“At the end of October, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) hailed the Build Back Better framework’s investment in women, children and families. Today, we are thrilled to see this bill pass the House of Representatives and urge its swift passage in the Senate.
“Our Jewish tradition teaches us to recognize the dignity of every human being, kavod habriot. We believe that everyone deserves to thrive, not merely survive. The pandemic has been economically devastating, especially for women and women of color. The provisions in the Build Back Better Act would expand access to affordable health care, address maternal health issues, invest in early childhood education, fund housing and nutrition assistance, and combat child poverty. In addition, we are grateful that a national paid family and medical leave program was included in the bill. Our 200,000 advocates have long championed paid leave, which is essential to getting parents and caregivers back to work.
“While more must be done to establish permanent solutions for undocumented immigrants, we welcome this historic achievement. It’s time for the Senate to take action.”
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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, education, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.