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Update House Appropriations Bills Advance FCNL’s Domestic Priorities 

The House passed several spending bills for fiscal year 2020 in June—including the Labor Health and Human Services (Labor-H), Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), Commerce Justice Science (CJS), Interior Energy and Water, and State Foreign Operations (SFOPs) appropriations bills.

Event Proposed Rule Changes and Regulatory Attacks 

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On June 18, Amelia Keagan, FCNL's legislative director for domestic policy, joined partners from the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs for a special briefing.

Update FCNL’s Vote Recommendations on FY 2020 Funding Measure 

(Updated June 19, 2019)

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.

Press Release Long Delayed Disaster Relief Package Welcome Aid to Millions 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised the Senate for completing its work on a disaster relief package that was months overdue. The central component of the bipartisan compromise includes $19.1 billion to help Americans citizens recover from natural disasters from 2017-2019. The most controversial aspect of the process – a late-breaking Administration request to include an unrelated $4.5 billion more in border enforcement funding – has been avoided. The House must now follow suit without any further delay.

Letter Faith Groups to Congress: Prioritize Human Needs, Not Immigration Enforcement 

As the appropriations process for 2020 begins, FCNL joined 30 national, faith-based organizations in calling on Congress to recognize its moral obligation to allocate federal funds in a manner that prioritizes human needs, rather than expanding immigration enforcement measures that attack children, families, and workers.

Update Tax Credits Keep Millions Out of Poverty 

The EITC and Child Tax Credit are two of our nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs. Congress must act to strengthen them.

April 15 marked Tax Day. We often talk about the federal budget as a moral document, which outlines the priorities of our nation. If we want to have an honest conversation about our nation’s spending, we also must discuss taxes, the revenue side of the budget equation.

Action Alert Divest Funds From Immigrant Detention; Invest in People 

Soon, Congress will choose how much taxpayer money each federal department will receive. Many of them oversee critical programs that benefit people, ranging from anti-hunger and housing programs, to education, and foreign aid.

Update Congress Leaves Town as Aid for Puerto Rico Runs Out 

Congress left town for a two-week recess. Many legislative items remain undone, but one of the most urgent and tragic is the failure to pass a disaster assistance package. As a result, nearly 1.4 million individuals in Puerto Rico, a third of the island’s population, have seen their nutrition assistance deeply cut since the end of March.

Action Alert Finding God Everywhere, Taking Care of Everyone  

Join me in submitting a comment to protect SNAP.

As Friends, we open ourselves through prayer to experiencing the presence of God—in the blades of grass, the clouds, and in one another. This practice of opening to experience the ordinary as holy is what drew me to worship among Friends. It leads me to a practice where I am exhorted to treat all others as God-ly.

Statement Congress Needs to Reject the President’s Budget and Construct a Different Future for our Nation 

President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2020 budget lays out a disturbing vision for the future of our country that offers billions more for war, walls, and detention at the expense of our families, our health, and our safety.

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