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Statement Congress Stands Up for Peace in the Middle East 

On Dec. 6, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 326, a resolution affirming U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposing unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory. This resolution is an explicit rejection of the administration’s efforts to undermine the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.

Background Bill Analysis: Supporting the Human Rights of Palestinian Children 

H.R. 2407

The “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407), introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-07), acknowledges the harm being done to Palestinian children living in occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Press Release Quaker Lobby says Reject More Unchecked War Funding 

In response to this week’s final agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act, Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Executive Secretary Diane Randall released the following statement:

Statement Reject Unchecked War Funding 

As an organization called by faith to seek a more peaceful, more just world based on respect for international law and human rights, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges members of Congress to vote NO on the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Letter FCNL Joins Faith Coalition Calling for Significant Cuts in Pentagon Spending 

Today, FCNL joined 31 other faith organizations and 70 faith leaders in drafting and delivering an open letter to all 2020 presidential candidates. The letter urges them to call for significant cuts to the nation’s military budget and a renewed investment in funding for education, healthcare, and other vital domestic programs.

Update Food Stamp Changes Punish People Struggling to Find Work 

With one rule change this week, the Trump administration put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of hunger.

Update Hearing Emphasizes Bipartisan Support for Extending New START 

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Dec. 4, a distinguished slate of national security experts delivered a strong message: The U.S. should extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia before it expires 14 months from now.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Hails House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation praised today’s passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4) in the House of Representatives. The bill will restore the protections of 1965’s Voting Rights Act by developing a process to determine which states must seek prior clearance for election law changes with the Justice Department.

Update Administration Moves to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Congress Must Act 

FCNL Welcomes President Donald Trump’s decision to establish a federal task force to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. However, the taskforce alone is not enough.

Background Endless Wars, Endless Environmental Harm 

The U.S. military, concerned about impacts on active and current operations, has begun actively preparing their own solutions to address the climate crisis.

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