Amelia Kegan

Legislative Director, Domestic Policy


Amelia Kegan

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.

She most recently spent six years at Bread for the World as the Deputy Director of Government Relations. Amelia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Smith College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Illinois bar and serves on the board of the Washington Council of Lawyers.

amelia@fcnl.org

Articles by Amelia Kegan

Action Alert Urge Your Senators to Support Tax Credits for Working Families  

Right now, Congress is working to pass tax legislation that will benefit businesses, while continuing to leave low-income working families behind. Before they vote, your senators need to hear from you.

Action Alert Now is the Time for Prayer and Action 

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the lives lost and the communities devastated by three mass shootings in one week. This violence is sickening. And it is a reminder of the dangerous toll guns take in our country every day because of permissive gun laws.

Action Alert Congress Must Fund the Services our Families Need 

Congress is in the middle of an intense debate about the federal budget and how much money to spend on the programs our communities rely on—including those that support our most vulnerable neighbors. If Congress fails to act, critical human needs programs could see a $55 billion cut for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1.

Update House Appropriations Bills Advance FCNL’s Priorities 

Each year FCNL lobbyists work hard to bring federal spending decisions in line with Quaker values – but it’s a tough job. Invariably, Congress allocates more for the Pentagon and less for domestic and diplomatic programs than we believe is ethical. But this year – thanks to the concerted efforts of advocates like you – FCNL achieved impressive successes in almost every area.

Update House Appropriations Bills Advance FCNL’s Domestic Priorities 

The House passed several spending bills for fiscal year 2020 in June—including the Labor Health and Human Services (Labor-H), Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), Commerce Justice Science (CJS), Interior Energy and Water, and State Foreign Operations (SFOPs) appropriations bills.

Event Proposed Rule Changes and Regulatory Attacks 

Watch the Recording

On June 18, Amelia Keagan, FCNL's legislative director for domestic policy, joined partners from the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs for a special briefing.

Update FCNL’s Vote Recommendations on FY 2020 Funding Measure 

(Updated June 19, 2019)

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.

Update Tax Credits Keep Millions Out of Poverty 

The EITC and Child Tax Credit are two of our nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs. Congress must act to strengthen them.

April 15 marked Tax Day. We often talk about the federal budget as a moral document, which outlines the priorities of our nation. If we want to have an honest conversation about our nation’s spending, we also must discuss taxes, the revenue side of the budget equation.

Update Congress Leaves Town as Aid for Puerto Rico Runs Out 

Congress left town for a two-week recess. Many legislative items remain undone, but one of the most urgent and tragic is the failure to pass a disaster assistance package. As a result, nearly 1.4 million individuals in Puerto Rico, a third of the island’s population, have seen their nutrition assistance deeply cut since the end of March.

Update We Can Stop This Attack on People Struggling with Hunger and Food Insecurity 

On Feb. 1, 2019, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule to restrict states' flexibility to provide vital food assistance to individuals and families who struggle with hunger.