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Letter FCNL and 23 Organizations Send Letter to Senate Opposing Broad War Authorization 

On May 15, 2018, FCNL along with 23 other organizations sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing the new Authorization for Use of Military Force 2018.

Press Release FCNL Denounces Senate Vote on CIA Director 


Washington, DC (May 17, 2018)—The Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), today denounced the Senate’s vote to confirm Gina Haspel to serve as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Background Question for Candidates: Ensure the U.S. Has Peacebuilding Tools 

Before, during, and after a conflict, the U.S. can work to build peace -- if our government invests in the institutions and personnel necessary for peacebuilding to succeed.

Background Question for Candidates: The Iran Nuclear Deal 

The Iran nuclear deal successfully closed off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and made the world safer. U.S. and Israeli security officials have attested that the deal with working and that Tehran has upheld its commitments.

Background Question for Candidates: Pentagon Spending 

FCNL does not support spending taxpayer money on war and violence. Yet even those who support some military spending can agree that Pentagon spending is out of control.

Background Question for Candidates: Diplomacy with North Korea 

The United States has engaged in dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea in the past to avoid war while securing vital national interests—as it did with the Soviet Union before that. It should do so again.

Background Question for Candidates: No Blank Check for War 

Three presidents have used the 2001 Authorization to justify unrestrained military action in the Middle East, Africa, and Indonesia -- at least 41 military engagements in 18 countries. Congress needs to cancel this blank check for war by repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Statement FCNL Condemns Senate Vote Confirming Gina Haspel for CIA  

On May 17, 2018, the Senate voted 54-45 to approve the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. This vote is a set-back for our country and a dangerous endorsement of torture.

Background The AUMF 2018: What Does it Really Authorize? 

On April 16, a bipartisan group of senators led by Tim Kaine (D- VA) and Bob Corker (R- TN) introduced a new authorization for the use of military force in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While these senators have presented the AUMF 2018 as an opportunity for Congress to exercise more oversight over the executive branch, we believe this bill will extend the existing blank check for war.

Action Alert The Senate Must Take a Stand Against Torture 

In May, the Senate has a chance to make a firm statement against torture. In the coming weeks, Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA, will face hearings and confirmation vote. Ms. Haspel's record of overseeing torture and destroying the evidence makes her the wrong choice; urge your senators to oppose her confirmation.

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