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Update End the Shutdown. Open the Government. 

Today is payday and 800,000 federal workers will not get a paycheck. Seven government departments are closed, and critical programs are threatened as President Trump continues to demand more than $5 billion for a border wall that cannot pass Congress.

Background SNAP by State 

The Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is one of the most efficient and effective government programs. Each year it helps 40 million Americans put food on the table. Some elected leaders are pushing extreme proposals that would radically restructure SNAP and other essential benefits, forcing many families to lose vital assistance.

Support FCNL Look at What We Accomplished Together 

The last few weeks have been a source of inspiration and hope. In a time when many of our government’s policies are moving us in the wrong direction, we’ve also seen the positive impact that faithful advocates like you can have.

Background USDA Releases Report on Proposed Rule That Would Implement New Time Limits on SNAP 

On Dec. 20, just a few days after the House and Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the farm bill, USDA released a proposed rule change that would force 755,000 people to lose their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

Background Persistent Witness: Quakers Inspire a First-time Lobbyist 

Early in the morning, midway through FCNL’s 75th Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute (QPPI), Chris Kearns-McCoy sipped a coffee. Chris, FCNL’s Young Fellow for Communications, eagerly awaited the afternoon’s lobby visits.

Update Grassroots Action Pushes Green Deal to the Forefront  

As Washington, D.C. prepares to welcome a new Congress in January, there has been much conversation and activism surrounding a bold new climate change agenda called a Green New Deal. FCNL is excited by the momentum and elevation of the need for ambitious climate policy. We also remain committed to building up bipartisan support for climate action in the 116th Congress.

Letter Christian Leaders Urge Congress Prioritize Low Income, Anti-Hunger Programs in Spending Bills 

The Circle of Protection sent a letter to Congress urging members to prioritize programs that address poverty and hunger rather than increased expenditures on militarizing the border and detaining immigrant families.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Congress for Passing Farm Bill, Protecting Struggling Families by Supporting SNAP 

Washington, DC – After months of intense negotiations and back-and-forth, both the House and Senate have approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R.2), now headed to the President to be signed into law. The final bill protects and strengthens SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provisions. It also excludes harsh provisions in the House bill that would have cut people from SNAP who are struggling to find or keep work.

Update Final Farm Bill Avoids Harmful House Provisions & Protects SNAP 

After months of intense negotiations, the House and Senate have come to an agreement and released a final version of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the farm bill. The Senate voted 87-13 in favor of the bill, and the House passed it by a vote of 369-47.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Proposed Rule on Public Charge  

On December 10, 2018, FCNL submitted a comment opposing a proposed rule that would dramatically expand the definition of what it means to be a "public charge."

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