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Press Release Department of Interior disestablishes Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation during global pandemic 

Washington - The Friends Committee on National Legislation denounces the action taken by the Department of the Interior to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation on March 27.

Quaker Lobby Applauds House Rejection of War with Iran 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes the decisive message sent by the House of Representatives today that war with Iran has not been authorized and, absent congressional authorization, is unconstitutional.

Press Release Quakers Laud House Committee Passage of Tribal Law Enforcement Bills 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomed today’s passage of both Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act of 2019 by the House Judiciary Committee.

Update Afghanistan Needs Long Term Peace, Not Quick Fixes  

Reporting indicates that the U.S. and Taliban are prepared to sign a deal, provided that each side can maintain a seven-day reduction in violence. Intra-Afghan talks are slated to begin soon after the signing of this deal.

Press Release Joint Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Landmine Policy  

Washington, DC – More than 60 national and international groups urged the administration, Congressional leadership, and the American public today to reject once and for all the worldwide production and use of anti-personnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

Statement Impeachment: Testing Democracy, Testing Moral Courage  

The impeachment question before the Senate was a test of the power Congress and the American people are willing to give the president. The Senate’s vote to acquit Donald J. Trump of the impeachment charges cemented the reality of a profound partisan divide on this question. It sanctioned the president to use the power of the office to suit his needs, largely unchecked by Congress.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Opposes Administration’s Bid to Expand Muslim Ban 

Washington, DC – The Trump administration is expected to formally announce plans today to expand the 2017 travel ban, commonly known as the Muslim ban. The extension includes Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has consistently opposed any religious-based tests or barriers for admission to the United States.

Statement A Leap Backwards in the Middle East 

There was a time when the United States sought to portray itself as an honest broker for peace between Israelis and Palestinians; a seeker of solutions that would be acceptable to all sides. That role has virtually disappeared, as Congress and successive U.S. administrations sided unequivocally with Israel.

Letter 46 Groups Urge Congress to Repeal 2002 Iraq War Authorization 

The House will vote this Thursday on repeal of the 2002 Iraq War Authorization. On Jan. 27, FCNL joined a diverse group of organizations from across the ideological spectrum in sending a letter to Congress in support of repeal. Specifically, the groups urged representatives to vote for an amendment to H.R. 550, the Gold Medal Act of 2019. This amendment is nearly identical to Rep. Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) NDAA provision repealing the 2002 Iraq War Authorization, which the House passed last summer, as well as her standalone repeal bill, H.R. 2456.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds House Rejection of War with Iran 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the clear message sent by the House of Representatives last evening that war with Iran has not been authorized and attacks must cease. In a bipartisan vote of 224-194, the House invoked the War Powers Act, directing the president to terminate the use of the military to engage in hostilities in or against Iran. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation as soon as next week.

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