The Network is championing two important bills that focus on different aspects of the Holocaust: the
Never Again Education Act
Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare (TIME) for Holocaust Survivors Act
. I am excited to share that both of the bills were recently introduced in the Senate. I would like to draw these two bills to your attention today before the House and Senate break for August recess, however the Network will be sending a longer action alert with multiple issues to discuss during the upcoming recess in the next few days.
We need your help to urge your members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors and to create momentum in the House!
Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act (H.R. 943/S. 2085)
In part a response to the global increase in antisemitism, the Never Again Education Act is deeply bipartisan legislation that uses public funding and private donations in a classic public-private partnership to provide middle and high school teachers with the resources they need to teach children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of bigotry and hate. This bill would expand access to Holocaust and anti-hate education by setting up a program at the U.S. Department of Education to award grants to eligible entities nationwide. These grants would go towards teacher trainings, field trips to local Holocaust museums, access to high-level curricula and more.
Please urge your Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the Never Again Education Act and encourage leadership to expeditiously advance the bills to the floor for a final vote.
Because of some procedural barriers in the House, the swiftest way to advance this bill is to have 290 House cosponsors. We have lined up approximately 230! Please carefully examine this
list of Members who have not signed on to the bill
(it is divided alphabetically by party and state) and reach out to any Members that represent your district or with whom you or other leaders in your community have a relationship.
TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act (S. 2179)
Last week at JFNA's suggestion and request, Senators Cardin (D-MD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the
TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act
as S. 2179. This bill would prioritize the needs of Holocaust survivors within the Older Americans Act; create an Administration for Community Living portfolio that focuses on Holocaust survivors; establish a national resource center to share best practices and promote person-centered trauma-informed care for agencies that serve older adults experiencing the long-term and adverse consequences of trauma; and ensure that providers of nutrition and transportation services can meet the special health-related or other dietary needs and the mobility needs of Holocaust survivors (and others). We anticipate having companion legislation introduced in the House soon.
Here is a recent JNS article about the bill
Please urge your Senators to cosponsor the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act today and for Representatives to cosponsor upon introduction. Achieving a significant number of cosponsors is absolutely essential to our strategy of having these provisions included in the Older Americans Act during its reauthorization this fall.
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