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Update Progress Seems Impossible, Until It Isn’t 

Despite setbacks in the House and Senate FY21 defense authorization bill or NDAA, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Sometimes the mountain before us seems unscalable. But we persist in climbing it, and one day, we find ourselves at the peak.

Update Military Spending Continues to Spiral Out of Control Despite Progressive Efforts 

Early in 2017, in the first months of the Trump administration, Congress increased Pentagon spending by $15 billion over the levels of the outgoing Obama administration. The total—$634 billion— was more in inflation-adjusted terms than the United States spent at the height of the Vietnam War.

Update Three Wins in the House for Congressional War Powers 

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee took three important steps towards ending our endless wars and preventing a new war with Iran.

Legislative Ask Reduce Pentagon Spending 

As the country struggles with a pandemic and a devastating economic downturn, Congress is moving to fund the Pentagon and defense contractors as if nothing has changed. The United States is poised to spend $741 billion on the Pentagon and nuclear weapons in fiscal year 2021.

Update Don’t Let Congress Stick Its Head in the Sand on Pentagon Spending 

There are some things that can’t be put back in the box. And others that shouldn’t.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Three House Votes to End and Prevent War 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded yesterday’s votes in the House Appropriations Committee to adopt three amendments from Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) to reassert Congress’s constitutional authority over war powers.

Background FCNL's Work on Landmines 

For decades, FCNL has worked to ban the use of landmines, which maim and kill indiscriminately, inflicting human suffering even long after conflict ends.

Press Release Quaker Organizations Oppose Potential West Bank Annexation by Israel 

Washington, DC – Three Quaker organizations that focus on international policy said today that they oppose the threatened annexation of the West Bank by Israel and called for such plans to be abandoned. Mounting reports indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government could annex the West Bank starting July 1.

Update The Government Must Disclose Where and Who We’re Fighting 

To end endless war, we need to know where the United States is engaged militarily and who we are fighting. One of the ways we work for peace is by pushing for increased government transparency and accountability for U.S. wars.

Background Issue Brief: U.S. Policy on Landmines 

Anti-personnel landmines are "designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person and that will incapacitate, injure or kill one or more persons.” As they are not able to distinguish between civilians and combatants, are hard to safely destroy or remove, and often fail to self-destruct or self-deactivate, landmines continue to inflict human suffering long after a conflict ends.

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