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  1. Letter Pro-Diplomacy Organizations Call for Vote On Udall Amendment To Prevent An Unauthorized War With Iran 

    Americans for Peace Now, Arms Control Association, Council for a Livable World, Foreign Policy for America, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn, NIAC Action, Ploughshares Fund, VoteVets and Win Without War issued the following statement:

  2. Background Climate Solutions Caucus in the 116th Congress 

    The Climate Solutions Caucus has officially relaunched in this new Congress! The two co-chairs, Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19), hosted their first members meeting on June 20.

  3. Update Persistent Advocacy for Peace 

    Yesterday, for the first time, the house voted to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and end 18 years of war. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), was included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2968). In the coverage that follows, few newspapers are likely to report that a 76-year-old Quaker lobby has done the careful, long-term work to end a war that has spread to 19 countries.

  4. Press Release House Votes to Repeal Authorization for Use of Military Force 

    Washington, DC – The House of Representatives voted today to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Presidents have used the AUMF to justify never-ending wars that lack Congressional approval.

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Update Senate Committee Acts to Reduce Violence 

The Global Fragility Act (S.727) just passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (18-4) with strong, bipartisan support! Now it heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

Press Release FCNL Supports Humanitarian Crisis Funding, Not Enforcement 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed concern today that the House of Representatives’ emergency spending package, currently projected at $4.5 billion, could be used to enhance enforcement and detention rather than humanitarian assistance. Recent reports from border detention facilities have documented cases of children without diapers, soap, medical supplies, and access to showers. In several cases, it was up to older children to take care of the younger children, all without proper adult supervision.

Legislative Ask Join the Climate Solutions Caucus 

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For too long, partisan conflicts have blocked progress to address climate change. The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators that are committed to advancing climate solutions.

Update Major Progress on Defense Policy Bill 

Last week brought major victories for FCNL’s lobbying priorities when the House moved to reject unnecessary and destabilizing new weapons systems, and preserve longstanding treaties.

Letter FCNL Joins Coalition Opposing Pentagon Spending Levels 

On June 24, a broad and bi-partisan coalition sent a letter to the Senate calling on them to oppose a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 that provides $750 billion for Pentagon spending.

Event Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World 

FCNL joins Friends at FGC Gathering June 30-July 6, 2019 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.

FCNL staff and friends are bringing Quaker Advocacy to Grinnell College and Friends General Committee June 30-July 6, 2019. We hope to see you, if you are in town for the day or at the gathering for the week!

Letter Faith and Environmental Leaders Condemn Clean Power Plan Replacement 

FCNL joined thirteen other organizations in a statement expressing disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency’s short-sighted decision to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule.

Press Release Senate Rebuffs President’s “End-Run” on Saudi Arms Sales 

Washington, DC - The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hails today’s Senate vote to reject the $8 billion arms sale package to Saudi Arabia and other countries that the Trump administration sought to push through without congressional oversight and approval. By a vote of 53 to 45, the Senate disapproved the sale of bombs of the type that have been used in Saudi attacks against Yemeni civilians.

Event Watch the Recording: Gun Violence Prevention - From Grassroots to Capitol Hill 

On June 20, 2019, FCNL hosted a conversation with gun violence prevention advocate, Peter Murchison. Peter is a member of Wilton Quaker Meeting in Connecticut and an outspoken advocate for gun violence prevention. He engages in this important work in honor of his nephew, Daniel Barden one of the children who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Support FCNL Breaking: House Passes AUMF Repeal  

Big news! The House just voted to repeal legislation that has been used by three presidents since 2001 to justify wars in 19 countries.

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