After years of inaction, Congress is finally advancing policies to reduce gun violence in our communities. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Next stop is a vote before the full U.S. House.
We live in troubling times. First, the administration separated children from their parents as they sought safety by crossing our border with Mexico. Hundreds remain separated today. Then, they responded to a humanitarian crisis by deploying troops in border communities and actively teargassing asylum seekers. Today, they are building walls through communities and detention camps on military bases to house refugee families.
Today I am joining more than 400 Quakers and friends on Capitol Hill. Each of us will be meeting with our legislators and their staff, and urging them to preserve SNAP, America’s most effective anti-hunger program. At stake is whether Congress will take food assistance away from people struggling to find work.