FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2021
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
National Council of Jewish Women Applauds Monumental Investments in Women, Children, and Families
WASHINGTON — Today, the Biden administration released the Build Back Better framework, a landmark investment in social services as vital infrastructure for rebuilding the American economy. National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement in response to the ongoing negotiations:
“Build Back Better is a once in a generation opportunity to rebuild our economy, not just to where we were before the pandemic, but toward an economy that is truly inclusive, just, and responsive to the needs of everyone living in our country. 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 historic investments to expand access to affordable health care for all Americans, provide universal pre-K for children, and combat child poverty through expanded taxes credits are monumental achievements that must be celebrated. Investing in communities, especially women, children and families, is equally as essential to rebuilding our economy as revitalizing the streets we drive on every day.
“At the same time, National Council of Jewish Women is dismayed that the framework announced today does not include paid family and medical leave, a necessity to address the economic recovery desperately needed in this country. Without paid leave, quite simply families cannot get back to work. We will continue to urge Congress to include paid leave as the bill is written and revised.”
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, 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.