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Allison Grossman

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With more than 1,200 people testing positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in more than 40 U.S. states thus far, and with testing only just starting to ramp up, the U.S., like many countries worldwide, is facing a grave public health and economic crisis. Pandemic knows no borders, whether across national lines or within neighborhoods. But with some communities more susceptible to health and economic shocks, the U.S. federal government must take immediate action to ensure the most vulnerable members of our communities have, at the very least, affordable and quality health care, paid sick days...

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Capitol Building

Congress’s last week in session in 2019 was dramatic, tense, and consequential for millions of people in America and around the world. Although the headlines on December 18 and the days following focused on the House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump, Congress succeeded in averting a government shutdown and passed a military spending bill, which the president signed on December 20.

In the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, which fund the federal government through September 30, 2020 (the remainder of the federal fiscal year) and the 2020 National Defense...

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Three teens holding signs in support of criminal justice reform

   These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented at the lobby prep session of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Monday, May 20, 2019.

As the Religious Action Center’s legislative director, I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with our Eisendrath Legislative Assistants every day and with our entire community to advance Reform Movement social justice priorities on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Attendees at the RAC’s 2019 Consultation on Conscience have spent three days learning about those social justice priorities, and they’re eager to...

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US Capitol building aerial view at twilight

The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body. Our tradition inspires our belief that government must enact laws that enhance the welfare of both.

Unfortunately, over the past weeks, Congressional leaders have focused on passing a harmful tax bill instead of addressing urgent issues that, without action, will endanger the bodies of millions and the soul of our country. Congress should act swiftly to resolve these issues before recessing for the holidays.

Congress has placed...

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