Orthodox Union Welcomes the Senate’s Passage of Emergency Defense Spending Bill Including $400 Million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) and $14.1 Billion in Military Aid to Israel

Posted on February 13, 2024 In Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — Today, The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomed passage of the U.S. Senate’s supplemental spending bill allocating $14.1 billion in military aid to Israel and $400 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which assists synagogues schools and other Jewish community institutions confront the threat of surging antisemitism.

With antisemitism on the rise and the war against Hamas reaching a critical stage, this substantive emergency spending bill will provide life-saving security resources to the Jewish community while also providing Israel with the tools it needs to defeat Hamas and end the war. 

Orthodox Union Executive Director of Public Policy, Nathan Diament, said: 

“The Orthodox Union welcomes the new emergency spending bill and thanks Majority Leader Schumer for his work to ensure that partisan differences do not overshadow the importance of securing military aid to Israel or Nonprofit Security Grant Program funding for our shuls and schools. The bipartisan work of many key allies, including Senators Patty Murray, Susan Collins, Chris Murphy, Katie Britt, Jacky Rosen, James Lankford, and many more, was essential. We urge the House to consider companion legislation to deliver a final package to President Biden’s desk rapidly.”