On Sept. 10, FCNL joined a coalition of 17 faith organizations in sending a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. We asked members of Congress to prioritize clean energy tax incentives as they advance tax policy this year. This would be a key step to meaningfully lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Ever since the 2013 Supreme Court decision of Shelby County v. Holder, it has been far too easy for voting discrimination to occur. This troubling trend is what led the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on Sept. 10 that focused on voting discrimination and a crucial piece of legislation: The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).
On Sept. 10, FCNL joined 61 other groups from across the political spectrum to urge Congress to reassert its authority over war by repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 Iraq AUMF is what allowed the U.S. to levy war against the Saddam Hussein regime. Now, 17 years after its enactment, it is long past time to put this law to rest.
The Census recently released it's poverty data for 2018. While poverty rates declined slightly from 2017 to 2018, the report also contained some very, very bad news: Approximately 38.1 million people—more than the population of Canada—lived below the poverty line last year.
Recently, I joined Illinois Rep Danny Davis to talk about lifting the Pell Grant ban and giving people more access to education. Congress has introduced a bill - the bipartisan REAL Act (H.R.2168 /S.1074) - which would restore access to Pell Grants. But it is not moving as fast as planned and needs some helpful pressure for final passage.
FCNL joined 11 other organizations focused on human rights and civil liberties to express their dismay over the treatment of Sharqawi Al Hajj. Al Hajj, who has spent the last fifteen years in Guantanamo Bay, is in desperate need of an independent medical examination following a recent suicide attempt. Our coalition called on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to immediately give Al Hajj the outside treatment he needs.
This fall Congress has a chance do do something life-changing: restore access to Pell Grans for incarcerated students. On September 10, 2019, FCNL hosted a special briefing with Rep. Danny Davis (IL-07) and José Woss, FCNL’s legislative manager for criminal justice.