Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today welcomed the bipartisan budget agreement negotiated by Congress to keep the federal government funded through the rest of the fiscal year. However, FCNL deplores the declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
Congress has until Friday to pass the remaining spending bills and avert another government shutdown. A bipartisan bicameral group of lawmakers were tasked with coming up with a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security. They are right up against the deadline for coming up with an agreement.
Which Donald Trump appeared on the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 5? Was it the belligerent president who threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea? Or the anti-interventionist president who called the Iraq war a “big, fat mistake”?
Twenty-nine faith leaders representing national faith-based organizations sent a letter to members of Congress tasked with finding a way forward on government spending ahead of February 15. The signers urged the committee to avert a shutdown and implement responsible spending practices for immigration enforcement.
In this divisive and toxic political environment, it is rare for our political parties to agree on anything of substance – and even rarer for them to admit they agree. But here at FCNL, we are always looking for common ground that leads toward a world without war or the threat of war.
The Circle of Protection sent a letter to Congress urging them to immediately end the partial government shutdown by fully funding the government and negotiate humane and effective ways to address immigration.
As leaders representing a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions, we write urging you to immediately end the partial government shutdown. The consequences are dire for millions of individuals and families, especially those facing poverty and food insecurity.
On January 15, FCNL sent this letter to Senate staff outlining the impacts of the longest lapse in federal funding in history and urging Congress immediately pass bipartisan, responsible spending bills.