Andre Gobbo

Legislative Representative, Domestic Policy


Andre Gobbo, Domestic Policy Associate, FCNL

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies.

He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.

Prior to joining FCNL, Andre worked at Issue One, a nonprofit focused on campaign finance and ethics reform, where he managed their databases, wrote and edited emails to donors and stakeholders, updated collateral and other materials, and planned events. Before moving to Washington, DC Andre lived and worked in Boston, spending time at various organizations like Brookline High School, Northern Light Productions, WGBH, and The Borgen Project. Andre received an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a BA in Politics from Bates College.

In his free time, Andre enjoys riding his bike when the weather cooperates, listening to live music, and playing pond hockey

Articles by Andre Gobbo

Update Five Years After the Charleston AME Church shooting, There’s More Congress Can Do to Stop Gun Violence 

On this day five years ago, nine lives were taken at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. The mass shooting is a gruesome manifestation of the intersection of racism and gun violence. Sadly, both problems remain just as prevalent today as they were five years ago.

Update When Racism Intersects with COVID-19 

While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, people of color are disproportionately impacted.

Update These Four Programs Can Support Our Communities and Heal Our Economy 

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for months to come. Congress has taken some good initial steps to expand key safety net programs and help stabilize our economy. But to ensure the wellbeing of our communities and country in the long term, lawmakers must provide assistance for as long as it’s needed, not just during the initial spike of the pandemic.

Update Congress Passed Another COVID-19 Package: What Just Happened? 

Congress passed another bill to blunt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on April 23. Unlike the prior bills that Congress passed, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266) is very limited. It includes $484 billion in funding to replenish the small business loan program, hospitals, and COVID-19 testing.

Update As Congress Works on Another Emergency Coronavirus Package, More Must be Done to Protect the Vulnerable 

Following the passage of an $8 billion package earlier in the month, Congress just passed a second emergency bill aimed at addressing the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Background The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a Step in the Right Direction 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) will provide crucial assistance to individuals and communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak – particularly the most vulnerable members of our society. While this legislation does not include all of FCNL’s priorities, it is a vital step forward. Here are the main provisions of the bill:

Update New Medicaid Proposal Poses Serious Consequences 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposal that would allow states to convert a portion of their Medicaid funding into block grants.

Background FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Disability Review Change 

The Trump administration put forward a proposed rule that would create a new category of disability for Social Security recipients. This change would require frequent recertification of the individual's disability, creating more opportunities for people to lose their benefits. FCNL submitted a comment to Andrew Saul, commissioner of the Social Security Administration, calling for the new rule to be rescinded.

Update A Missed Opportunity on Taxes and a Chance to Try Again 

Congress failed to pass a package of key tax credits and extensions that would have benefited 19 million low-income people and updated critical tax credits to encourage solar energy, energy storage, offshore wind, and electric vehicles. But lawmakers soon could have another chance to advance these needed changes.

Background Trump Administration Seeks to Cut Food Assistance 

The Trump administration has used a series of regulatory changes to dramatically cut food assistance. This is being done despite Congress’s explicit efforts to protect people struggling with hunger in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization.