Reform Movement Condemns Government Shutdown
In response to the failure of Congress to pass a funding bill, resulting in a government shutdown, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today:
On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the world’s oldest and largest rabbinic organization whose membership includes over 2,000 Reform Rabbis, I urge Congress to end this devastating government shutdown.
Partisan brinksmanship in Congress has jeopardized the vital safety net programs that millions rely on, including aid to struggling new mothers and their children – a service used by half of all infants in America. This is in addition to the 800,000 families of federal workers who will be going without pay due to unnecessary furloughs. Many other families will be affected by greater unemployment caused by the broad economic uncertainty. This blatant disregard for struggling and working families stands in stark contrast to today’s launch of open enrollment that enables millions of previously uninsured people to finally access health care exchanges. We call on Congress to swiftly pass a clean funding bill, restore the vital services that so many need, and halt efforts to defund or delay implementation of the core components of the Affordable Care Act.