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Update The Good News You Didn’t Hear About 

Lost in the media frenzy over budget negotiations, congressional investigations and military operations was a bill that contained several pieces of good news. The State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill – the annual measure that supports diplomacy and development around the globe – was approved by the House Appropriations Committee with new provisions that advance FCNL’s legislative agenda.

Update Memorial Day Recess Key to Ending Endless War 

For the first time in more than 18 years, the House of Representatives could pass legislation that would end the blank check for wars around the world.

Update One Small Step for the House, One Giant Leap for Peace 

On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) after 240 days. This is the most significant vote yet in favor of repealing the legislation that started the United States’ so-called “forever wars.”

Statement Diane Randall: Today we renew our commitment to fully repeal the 2001 AUMF and bring an end to endless wars. 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has kept the United States and much of the world in a perpetual state of war for nearly 18 years. On May 22, members of Congress and advocates participated in a press conference to call on Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), prevent war with Iran, and reassert Congress's constitutional authority on matters of war and peace.

FCNL in the News New Legislation Offers Opportunity to Address 2001 Authorization for Use of Force, Amid Fears of War with Iran 

The amendment to must-pass legislation would let Congress wrest greater control over its authorization for war under this and future presidents.

What We're Reading on AUMF Repeal 

We’ve assembled articles to offer you important context and perspectives on how the AUMF has been stretched far beyond congressional intent, and ongoing efforts to end endless war.

Press Release AUMF Repeal A Step Forward for Peace 

Washington, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Committee voted for an amendment from Representative Barbara Lee (CA) to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Designed to take effect after eight months, the Congress would need to pass a new AUMF or the Administration would need to remove American military personnel from current wars during that timeframe.

Letter Over 50 Groups Urge Senators to Prohibit Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela 

On May 9, 2019, FCNL and over 50 faith-based, anti-war, and other concerned organizations wrote a letter urging senators to cosponsor S.J.Res.11, which prohibits unauthorized military intervention in Venezuela.

Letter FCNL Urges Accountability on Civilian Casualties 

On May 2, 2019, FCNL along with human rights, civil liberties, transparency, and other faith-based organizations, sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees urging members of Congress to strengthen oversight, transparency, and accountability for U.S. lethal strikes and resulting civilian casualties.

Update End Drone Warfare 

The U.S. drone program is a moral disaster. Supposedly cheaper and more accurate than conventional air attacks, drone strikes are in fact rife with errors, with deadly consequences. From Yemen to Libya to Pakistan, the sky itself has become a source of fear for ordinary people—fear that bears an American insignia.

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