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Urges Congress to Conclude Bipartisan Stimulus Agreement

​(Washington, D.C., August 10, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:

B’nai B’rith International is disappointed President Trump has signed an executive order cutting the payroll tax. As the revenue source for Social Security, any potential cuts to the payroll tax will erode one of our nation’s most important programs for seniors.

As the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income, nonsectarian housing for seniors in the United States, we understand the critical role Social Security plays for older Americans. Social Security funding provides vital resources so seniors can afford housing, health care and nutrition. It must not be tampered with as a substitute for federal stimulus legislation.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we call on Congress and the White House to reach a bipartisan solution that provides desperately needed economic relief – especially financial resources – for seniors and Americans who rely on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted senior housing. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) and the Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act of 2020 are important bills that secure funding for senior housing as a response to the coronavirus.

We urge Congress to ensure any federal stimulus legislation honors the provisions of these bills, and call on lawmakers to pass legislation immediately.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit