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Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Democracy, Elections, and People of Faith 

The political campaigns and debates leading up to the November 2020 national elections are challenging the notion that candidates running for Congress or the presidency have seen the 10-foot sign on the front of the FCNL Building that reads, “Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions).”

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Advocating with and for Native Americans  

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is one of a few faith-based groups that lobbies with and for Native Americans on issues affecting their communities. Through the years, FCNL has developed a credibility that enables it to provide Congress with unbiased insight and information about the issues that affect indigenous peoples in the United States.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Growing and Deepening Our Lobbying Around the Country 

FCNL constituents visited local congressional offices across the country this summer while Congress was home for the August recess. Working with staff from our Washington office, volunteers organized more than 129 lobby visits or in some cases just dropped by congressional offices.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Ending Gun Violence 

Independent researchers estimate that 100 people are killed daily with guns in the U.S. – and many more are injured. Guns are the second leading cause of death for all children and teens; it is the first for Black children and teens. On average, 52 women are shot to death each month by an intimate partner.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Changing the Blank Check for War 

With the Trump Administration taking threatening steps toward Iran and Venezuela, and U.S. forces involved in dozens of conflicts around the world, it is clearer than ever that Congress must act to take back its constitutional authority over war. This authority is guaranteed in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, but for too long, Congress has ceded this power to the executive branch.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Investing in Loving Our Neighbors 

How do we answer to “that of God” within every sojourner in our midst?

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Our Progress Towards the World We Seek 

January/February 2019

FCNL made important progress during the 115th Congress, despite the prevailing hyper-partisanship.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Ending Hunger 

As House and Senate negotiators were reportedly nearing a deal on the farm bill, some 400 Quakers and friends lobbied hard to ensure that the final bill includes strong protections for SNAP (food stamps). They were in Washington, DC, for FCNL’s Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2018.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Preventing Violence and Building Peace 

Despite the saber-rattling and threats of war, the House of Representatives this summer quietly and overwhelmingly voted to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent violent conflicts that cause atrocities and genocide. It passed the Eli Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030). A similar bill awaits final passage in the Senate (S. 1158).

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Climate Change 

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement, discussions in Congress have increased on the need for tools to mitigate the effects of climate change. Pricing carbon emissions is one such tool but it has long been politically controversial.

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