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Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Building Relationships with Congress 

The partnership between FCNL’s lobbyists in Washington and constituents in the district is powerful. Our staff are knowledgeable about the Washington landscape and work closely with congressional staff on Capitol Hill. But the people with the most influence on a member of Congress are their constituents.

Background Building Relationships with Congress 

When you have a decision to make, whom do you trust to give you advice? Who are the people who can convince you to do something? Chances are, the people you thought of in answer to these two questions are people you have a relationship with.

Background Why Quakers Value Process Over Outcome 

In this QuakerSpeak video, former FCNL Clerk Dorsey Green explores her experience clerking the General Committee. She explains the difference between everyone agreeing and finding the sense of the meeting.

Statement FCNL Statement for House Homeland Security Hearing on Refugees 

Statement of Yasmine Taeb, Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation, hearing on: “Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorist Infiltration Through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs,” House Committee on Homeland Security.

Letter FCNL Written Statement for House Homeland Security Hearing on Refugees 

Statement of Yasmine Taeb, Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation, submitted to the hearing on: “Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorist Infiltration Through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs,” House Committee on Homeland Security, Feb 3, 2016.

Update New Bill Introduced for Safe School Facilities on Reservations 

Native American Legislative Update

Sen. Jon Tester (MT), ranking member on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) introduced a bill specifically geared to address the abysmal conditions of schools run on reservations.

Update Federal Sentencing Reform and Indian Country 

Native American Legislative Update

Jurisdiction over crimes in Indian country is complicated, to say the least. With recent changes, tribal police and courts can arrest and prosecute for certain crimes with sentences of up to three years. A selection of more serious felonies are handled through state courts in nine states, even when they take place on reservations.

Update The State of Indian Nations Is... 

Native American Legislative Update

Just two days after President Obama declared in his final year in office that the state of the Union is strong, President Brian Cladoosby of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) gave the State of Indian Nations address. The verdict? The State of Indian Nations is at moment of both progress and promise.

Letter FCNL Joins Broad Coalition Urging Congress to Support Legislation to Fix Discriminatory Visa Waiver Provisions; House of Representatives 

FCNL joined 65 civil rights, faith, and refugee groups in a letter to Congress urging support for the bipartisan Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016, which would fix an amendment to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that discriminates against citizens of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. Letter to Members of the House of Representatives

Background Why Do Quakers Care About Politics? 

Friends have always been very active in addressing our government and its rule. In this QuakerSpeak video, we ask Marge Abbott and Noah Baker Merrill why Quakers care about politics.

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