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  1. Legislative Ask Oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act threatens critical programs with deep cuts because the bill burdens our country with more than a trillion dollars of unnecessary debt. It is highly regressive, benefiting wealthy households and large corporations at the expense of everyone else. The fundamental framework of this bill is too flawed to fix. Yet, Congress is rushing this legislation through without deliberate or necessary examination of its consequences.

  2. Update Policy Bill Proposes $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, Rejects Efforts to Rein in Wars 

    This week, Congress approved a policy bill that proposes a whopping $700 billion in Pentagon spending but rejects limits on the president’s authority to wage war around the world.

  3. Inside the Greenhouse 

    November

    Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

  4. Action Alert Oppose the Senate Tax Bill 

    On November 16, the House passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut for millionaires and big corporations that leaves the rest of the country footing the bill. This bill is moving at breakneck speed. Urge your senators to vote "no."

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Living With Disquiet 

In worship we have our neighbors to right and left, before and behind, yet the Eternal Presence is over all and beneath all. Worship does not consist in achieving a mental state of concentrated isolation from one’s fellow. But in the depth of common worship it is as if we found our separate lives were all one life, within whom we live and move and have our being. -Thomas Raymond Kelly

Statement FCNL Denounces Cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians 

Calls on Congress to Take up Legislation for TPS Holders

On November 20, the Trump administration cancelled Temporary Protected Status for approximately 50,000 Haitians, effective July 22, 2019. FCNL denounces this decision, particularly given the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and a major cholera epidemic.

Event 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference  

Financing Peacebuilding Work: State of Foundation and Government Funding

Theo Sitther spoke at the 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference on a panel titled Financing Peacebuilding Work: State of Foundation and Government Funding. Theo spoke about the outlook on U.S. government funding for peacebuilding and the need to lobby Congress to increase support for peacebuilding.

Letter Don’t Dismantle Our Refugee Resettlement Program, Write 20 Members of Congress 

Last week, 20 Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other administration officials expressing concerns over the president’s most recent refugee ban. Led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Chris Murphy (CT), this letter denounces the detrimental and immoral nature of the ban and requests specific information from the administration.

Legislative Ask End Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Youth  

H.R. 4391

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), would prevent U.S. tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian youth. The bill would:

FCNL in the News US support for Saudi war in Yemen soars under Trump 

“This revelation should be a wake-up call to every policymaker and every American that this country is literally fueling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history,” said Kate Gould, a lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker group. “The [United States] is operating these gas stations in the sky to fuel Saudi and UAE bombers as they rain down terror on Yemeni water and other sanitation infrastructure — the last safeguards Yemen has against these disease outbreaks sweeping the country.”

First "Quiet Conversation" at the Quaker Welcome Center  

On Wednesday November 15th, the Quaker Welcome Center hosted a dialogue between two members of Congress on bipartisanship and addressing climate change.

Letter 78 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose the Repeal of the Johnson Amendment 

On November 3, 2017, FCNL joined 78 organizations in sending a letter to Reps. Kevin Brady (TX) and Richard Neal (MA), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. This letter called on the Chairman and Ranking Member to oppose an amendment in the tax reform bill that would repeal the Johnson Amendment.

Press Release Virginia Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Goodlatte to Re-introduce Sentencing Reform  

On Monday November 13th, the Friends Committee on National Legislation convened local faith leaders in Lynchburg, Virginia to call on Rep. Bob Goodlatte to re-introduce his 2015 Sentencing Reform Act.

Statement Congress Must Weigh in to Protect Vulnerable Immigrants from Deportation Threat 

FCNL opposes the administration’s decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans and non-decision resulting in an inadequate automatic 6-month extension for Hondurans. We urge Congress to ensure that the administration is upholding the integrity of the TPS program so that individuals are not returned to harm and to pursue long overdue stability for our immigrant neighbors.

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