Greetings from Washington, DC where the government has finally returned to full force. The WIC program, Head Start and other vital programs that help the poor and vulnerable are no longer at risk (at least right now). And in the “fun and frivolous” category, the National Zoo’s panda-cam is up and running too.
Even amidst the shutdown, we’ve been working on other, non-budgetary issues, including immigration reform. Thursday was a Jewish community call-in day in opposition to the House’s SAFE Act, a truly bad bill that would expand immigrant detention and turn enforcement of immigration laws over to state and local law enforcement, which the Supreme Court affirmed (in Arizona v. U.S.) is a federal responsibility. You can read Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Charlie Arnowitz’s update about the SAFE Act or send an email to your representative.