The Shutdown Is Here

As you probably know from the internet or CNN or this Twitter feed, the federal government has now shutdown. In response to the failure of Congress to pass a funding bill, resulting in the shutdown, Rabbi David Saperstein issued the following statement:

“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, 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”

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Howie Levine

About Howie Levine

Howie Levine is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. He is originally from St. Paul, MN where he is a member of Mt. Zion Temple. He recently graduated from Tufts University.

2 Responses to “The Shutdown Is Here”

  1. Well done but you could have been eve more explicit that this problem was caused by the Republicans.

  2. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of Reform Jews and folks throughout the country. I am a furloughed Federal employee of the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, and sole breadwinner of a family of 4. I can attest that this has had a devastating effect on my family alone due to the loss of income and uncertainty of what the future holds. And I am only 1 employee!

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