Washington, D.C. – During the markup for the Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 today, the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee approved the addition of $600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative grants, including an increase to $25 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The Jewish Federations of North America applauded the committee’s actions, noting that at a time of increased anti-Semitic activity in the U.S. and abroad, it is even more important to provide protection for Jewish communities.
William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations, stated,
“We applaud the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and in particular, Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND), Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) for supporting an increase in the Nonprofit Security Grant Program’s funding to $25 million. These funds have been critical in protecting our communities. The increase comes at a time when anti-Semitism in the U.S. has risen by more than 21% between 2013 and 2014, and when terrorist groups like ISIL, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Hezbollah continue to incite violence against Jews in the West. The Jewish Federations have been deeply involved with the creation and funding of the NSGP along with many partners, including the Orthodox Union. We encourage the full Senate and the House of Representatives to swiftly move forward in approving these important funds.”
The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).