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Update Spending Speaks Louder than Words 

Budgets send messages about what’s important to us. The federal budget that the Congress passed sends a strong and disappointing message about who we are as a people: “We are afraid, and we don’t take care of our own. “

Letter Faith Community Opposes Arizona Borderlands Bill 

National and regional organizations and Arizona-based faith leaders representing thousands of people and communities of faith, urge members of Congress to oppose S. 750, the Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act. S. 750 does exactly the opposite of what its name implies.

Press Release Unprecedented: 151 Reps Support Iran Framework Deal 

One hundred fifty-one members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama commending the political framework reached between the P5+1 countries and Iran and pressing for continued diplomatic efforts to secure a negotiated nuclear agreement.

Background Quakers Talk to Congress About Climate Change 

Why do these 300 Young Adult Friends care so much about climate change? In this QuakerSpeak video, they explain the political and spiritual importance of their advocacy.

Letter Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track 

On April 27th, over 2,000 organizations wrote to Congress to oppose the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill formally dubbed “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.”

Background The Failures of Security Assistance 

U.S. security assistance, as it is currently conceived, does not work and is doing more harm than good. But often when confronted with the terrible reality of violent extremism, the desire of our political leaders to do “something” means that security assistance is the tool they reach for.

Update Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency 

Whether you attended Spring Lobby Weekend this year or not, you may have heard us talk about the Shaheen-Portman (or Portman-Shaheen these days) energy efficiency bill. Our team at FCNL has worked on this for years, as have many of you -- thank you! Some of you have come to two Spring Lobby Weekends focused on passing this legislation.

Update Understanding the PATRIOT Act 

Immediately following the events of September 11th, Congress effectively re-engineered the scope of the American presidency. After handing the executive branch an unprecedented expansion of authority in the form of a new blank check for war, legislators next devised and passed a bill that allowed the U.S. government to spy on its own citizens. This was the USA PATRIOT Act.

Update Restoring Sanity to the Nuclear Weapons Budget 

Representative Blumenauer and Senator Markey are restoring Sanity to the Nuclear Weapons Budget

Update Remembering Past Atrocities to Prevent Future Violence 

Every April thousands of people across the country participate in Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Throughout the month, events are held to honor victims of past atrocities, educate the public about current atrocities, and advocate for the prevention of future atrocities.

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