Steve Gutow

JCPA Statement Looks AT Benefits And Drawbacks Of Fracking

05/17/2012

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs announced its qualified support for "fracking," a technique used to extract underground deposits of natural gas.

The JCPA statement issued Tuesday noted that last week's annual plenum of the consensus-driven public policy umbrella approved a resolution highlighting the potential benefits and drawbacks of the process known as “hydrofracking,” which extracts “vast amounts of natural gas from previously inaccessible underground deposits.”

Jewish Groups, Lawmaker Rap U.S. House 2012 Budget Plan

04/07/2011

(JTA) -- Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative's budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal unveiled the previous day, which slashes nearly $6 trillion from federal spending over the next 10 years, "relies on cuts which will be harmful to many of those in America who are most in need."

Jewish Leaders Seen Absent On Toxic Political Climate

In wake of Giffords shooting, calls for ‘moral leadership’ as community retreats from gun issue.

01/11/2011
Washington Correspondent

The attempted assassination of a Jewish member of Congress from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, and the wanton killing of six others in Tucson on Saturday has revived the debate over whether Jewish communal and religious leaders are doing enough to combat a toxic political climate that many say threatens a new age of political violence.

Members of Congress and their staffs observe a moment of silence Tuesday for the six Arizonans killed in Saturday’s rampage.

Jewish Groups Praise Child Nutrition Law, With Qualms

12/03/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups praised the renewal of a law funding school meals, but expressed concern that it was financed in part by money designated for food stamps.

The approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act means the bill -- which had been subject to some last minute wrangling -- is ready for enactment by the president.

The bill extends for another ten years funding for school lunches and breakfasts for children from families that depend on the meals, estimated at 4.2 million households.

Lame-duck Congress Jeopardizes School Lunch Program for Poor, Jewish Groups Warn

11/23/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The framers of an interfaith effort with the grand goal of halving American poverty in the next decade had a small but focused message this week: Keep those school lunches coming.

At a meeting Monday on Capitol Hill at an event attended by congressional staffers, the framers of the effort spoke of a pending vote to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, the program which brings school breakfasts and lunches to needy children.

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.

09/15/2010
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images
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