May 14, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with more than a dozen members of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago today to discuss increasing funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program and the importance of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Fund. Photos from today’s meeting are available here.

“The recent spate of attacks in synagogues, churches, mosques and places of religious worship is sickening, and the targeting of anyone on the basis of their religion is unacceptable,” Duckworth said. “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with JUF members, hear their concerns and talk about the importance of non-profit security grant programs that help Jewish Community Centers, daycares and schools keep their community members and students safe, and I look forward to continuing to work together to support programs that assist community members in need.”

Duckworth has advocated for the funding of grant programs that help Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) provide security for their members, and she recently sent a letter to Senate Appropriators urging robust funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for fiscal year 2020. Duckworth was also an original cosponsor of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which would require the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to regularly assess threats and provide training and resources to State, local and tribal law enforcement, aiming to address the growing threat of white supremacists and other violent domestic terrorist and/or hate groups.