WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke at the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) 2015 Leaders’ Retreat. The NCJW is in Washington, D.C. this week advocating for legislation that promotes affordable health coverage and helps end human trafficking.
“The National Council of Jewish Women has been at the forefront of the fight to ensure social justice for all,” Brown said. “I applaud NCJW’s continued work on behalf of the Jewish community.”
Brown shares NCJW’s policy concerns and continues to champion the health law created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Brown declined Congressional health insurance for nearly two decades—keeping a 1992 campaign promise to decline a health plan until similar coverage was available to all Americans— and entered the marketplace during the 2014 enrollment period. Last year, Brown toured the state to raise awareness about the enrollment deadline.
Last month, Brown helped pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation to enhance services for victims of human trafficking, as well as for runaway youth who are especially vulnerable to being trafficked. The bill would also expand victim restitution and support services, and provide additional resources to law enforcement to help improve human trafficking reporting and investigation. Brown introduced three amendments that were included in the bill.
Brown continues to advocate for Ohio’s Jewish community, working in Washington and meeting with local leaders. In May 2014, he cosponsored and helped pass a bipartisan resolution recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month. The resolution honors Holocaust survivors and their many contributions to American society. In July 2014, Brown cosponsored the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 which would facilitate an increase in U.S.-Israeli cooperation on defense and would reiterate U.S. support for a peaceful negotiated political settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians.