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FCNL’s strategic lobbying gets results. From the creation of the Peace Corps and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, FCNL has been pivotal to some of our country’s landmark legislation. Our power stems from the integrity of our positions, our effective lobbying in Washington, and our committed grassroots network.
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New Law to Prevent Violent Conflict
The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act became law with President Trump’s signature in January 2019. This legislation equips the U.S. government with constructive and cost-effective tools to address the root causes of violent conflict. FCNL led the strategy and lobbying that resulted in the bill’s passage in the House and Senate. This success comes after more than a decade of FCNL’s leadership to build a strong, bipartisan consensus in Congress for proactive peacebuilding investment.
Yemen: Congress Votes to End Illegal U.S. War
In early 2019, both the House and Senate reasserted congressional authority over when the U.S. goes to war, invoking the War Powers Act to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This conflict has killed thousands and put millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation. FCNL’s advocacy paved the way for these historic bipartisan votes: educating members of Congress about U.S. complicity in this massive humanitarian crisis, mobilizing grassroots advocates across the country, and leading the faith community’s lobbying to end this illegal war.
'It's really up to those groups out there like the Friends Committee that are pressing for diplomatic, peaceful solutions to big problems to step up and raise their voice, because in their absence, the military solution will win all the time.'Sen. Chris Murphy (CT), in an interview with FCNL
Criminal Justice: First Step Act Becomes Law
President Trump signed this legislation, the most significant criminal justice reform in years, in December 2018. The new law reduces long prison sentences for non-violent crimes and improves rehabilitation for those currently in prison. FCNL is a leader in the faith community advocating for criminal justice reform and has worked with our strong grassroots network to persistently push Congress to act to end mass incarceration. This bill is an important step in that direction.
Senate Acts for Native American Women’s Safety
In late 2018, the Senate passed Savanna’s Act to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women, who face a murder rate 10 times the national average. This bipartisan legislation helps close the information gap that prevents Native women from receiving justice. FCNL’s advocacy for the bill, cited during the floor debate, helped ensure it was reintroduced early in the new congressional session as part of the Violence Against Women Act and is moving it toward passage in both chambers.
Gun Violence: House Breaks Barrier on Action
The House’s passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act in February 2019 is the first crack in the barrier that for decades has prevented any sensible gun legislation from passing Congress. The bill requires universal background checks for all gun sales, closing a significant loophole. Through our leadership in the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition, FCNL coordinated lobbying of more than 50 faith groups to help ensure this bill’s passage.
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