1. Action Alert

Government Shutdown: Congress Must Act

January 19, 2018


Congress has failed to come together on crucial legislative priorities. Now, the government is shut down, and Congress must act.

Tell Congress:

People Before Politics

End the government shutdown by advancing must-pass policy priorities.

Act Now 

The consequences of inaction on major federal policy decisions are hauntingly severe for millions of people within this country. 100+ Dreamers who lose their DACA protections each day, millions of low-income children who will soon lose their health insurance, and countless disaster victims are counting on Congress to put politics aside and do the right thing. They can't afford for their elected leaders to fail.

Tell Congress to enact a spending deal that includes these four must-pass policies:

  1. Pass the Dream Act to protect Dreamers from deportation, providing a pathway to citizenship without increased immigration enforcement;

  2. Fully fund and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), and other health extenders;

  3. Fund desperately needed disaster and emergency relief for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas, and California; and

  4. Pass a budget deal that protects critical non-defense programs from sequestration by ensuring that any increase in defense spending is matched dollar for dollar with non-defense increases.

Update What's Ahead in 2018 for Congress 

Conference Call: January 23, 8 p.m. Eastern

What does the government shutdown and reopening mean for efforts to protect immigrants, help the most vulnerable people in our country, and advance peace and justice this year? How can the FCNL network act for policy change?