More than one hundred members of Congress joined a letter led by Reps. Juan Vargas, David Cicilline, and Bill Pascrell to the House Appropriations Committee calling for an increase in funding for refugee assistance and resettlement programs in the FY2016 budget.
On December 7, 2015, more than eighty members of Congress joined a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan opposing anti-refugee riders in the omnibus spending bill. The letter was led by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Janice Hahn (D-CA), and Scott Peters (D-CA).
Senator Ben Cardin, joined by Senator Thom Tillis and several others, introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act to authorize a permanent, inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board that mobilizes the U.S. government at the highest levels to focus on early prevention of violent conflict.
FCNL's Jacob Chappell writes: "President Obama should follow the previous presidents’ choices because, as the commentary said, the launch of any cruise missile — nuclear or conventional — can be mistaken by other countries as the launch of a nuclear weapon."
FCNL calls on Congress to exercise its vital oversight role and is urging a Congressional hearing and inquiry into the U.S. lethal drones program. This is essential in order to inform the American people about the deliberate killing of Americans and non-nationals outside of declared war zones.
Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama supporting international negotiations to end the civil war in Syria. The letter, led by Rep. Jim Himes (CT), calls on the President to use the full authority of his office to “convene international negotiations designed to stop the civil war in Syria.”
Today the global community faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with upwards of 60 million people displaced worldwide. Syrian refugees alone, either internally displaced or seeking resettlement, total approximately 12 million.
On the eve of the Pope’s historic visit to Washington, a group of Republican lawmakers called upon Congress to commit to act to address changes in the climate, including efforts to balance the human impacts of climate change.
The Quakers don’t fit the stereotypical image of high-powered lobbyists. But these peacemakers, led by Kate Gould, just claimed victory in the most hard-fought battle in Washington, after enough Senate Democrats pledged to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama.
FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects Quaker testimonies with legislation in the U.S. Congress and the administration.
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