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FCNL Opposes New "SAFE" Act

Thu, 2017-05-18 15:07
The House Judiciary Committee is marking up a newly revised version of a 2013 bill that would expand detention and immigration enforcement, undermining community safety and protections for vulnerable communities. Even with revisions, FCNL's concerns remain the same.

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Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:58
Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As Syria demonstrates, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant consequences, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.

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Organizational Statement of Support

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:57
The following is a statement of support for the Elie Wiesel Act from dozens of national and state-based nongovernmental organizations.

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Five Reasons the Senate Should Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:57
Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and several others introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The bill establishes an interagency Mass Atrocities Task Force to focus the U.S. government on early prevention of atrocities as an essential part of our national security strategy.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Prioritizes Tools to Prevent Violence and Genocide

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:57
Washington, D.C. – Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), today introduced the bipartisan Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes this important legislation.

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Summary: Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:57
Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and several others are planning to introduce the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The bill:

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Three Things You Should Know About Peacebuilding Funding for 2017

Fri, 2017-05-12 22:04
On May 5, Congress passed the FY 2017 spending bill funding the government through September. Despite President Trump’s request to cut funding for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency of International Development by nearly 30%, Congress fully funded peacebuilding accounts. Below are three victories for peacebuilding within the 2017 spending bill.

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NGOs Express Concern Over Weapons Sale to Nigerian Government

Fri, 2017-05-12 15:56
A group of NGOs write to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to convey their concerns regarding reports that the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to sell A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, with mounted machine guns and related parts and logistical support to the government of Nigeria.

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Comey Firing Raises Concerns

Wed, 2017-05-10 21:14
Both Republicans and Democrats are questioning President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9.

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FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Speaks at Rally Opposing Muslim Ban as Fourth Circuit Hears Arguments

Wed, 2017-05-10 21:14
As the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the suspension of President Trump's Muslim ban executive order, FCNL lobbyist Yasmine Taeb addressed a crowd in Richmond, VA, gathered in solidarity with Muslims, refugees, and immigrants.

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Natural Gas Waste Rule Upheld

Wed, 2017-05-10 15:07
This morning marked a big victory for cutting harmful methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas emission that costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted resources.

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UPDATED: Effects of Health Care Repeal in Indian Country

Tue, 2017-05-09 20:49
Until last week, Congress was unable to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the House decided to try again, with a modified version of the defeated proposal, the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The House passed the bill with a very slim margin (5 votes) on Friday, May 5.

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Native American Legislative Update - April 2017

Tue, 2017-05-09 20:49
Congress is most absorbed these days with budget issues and health care repeal and replacement -- both of which affect Indian Country deeply.

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UPDATED: Following the Money

Tue, 2017-05-09 20:49
More than 180 days late, Congress finally passed a spending bill for the current fiscal year – FY2017 – on May 5. Indian programs fared relatively well in this continuing resolution – better than many other domestic programs, but not as well as military programs.

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24 Religious Organizations Urge Trump to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement

Tue, 2017-05-09 20:49
Today, a coalition of 24 religious groups sent a letter to the White House and key Administration and Congressional leaders, urging that the United States remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement.

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Opportunities to Cut Pentagon Spending this Year

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:37
President Trump wants to increase Pentagon spending, but Congress will make the ultimate decision. While Congress is often only too eager to fund military programs — whether or not the Pentagon requests them — members are open to influence from their constituents.

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Quaker Vision & Collective Action to Rein in Pentagon Spending

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:37
Advocacy Teams form a powerful network of advocates across the country. This year, we're working to rein in Pentagon spending.

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“We Can’t Kill Our Way to Victory”

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:37
The Trump administration may believe that violence and its threat is enough to advance U.S. interests, but few policy experts or military leaders agree. Instead, they argue that an “America first” approach will be more expensive, feed cycles of crisis that allow extremism to thrive, and put U.S. troops in needless danger.

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More Bombs Won't Bring More Peace

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:37
President Donald Trump is proposing massive increases in Pentagon spending. Lamenting that “we never win wars anymore,” the president sought a $30 billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget this year, to be followed by $54 billion more next year. In Congress, leaders on the Armed Services committees have proposed a $100 billion increase for next year.

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23 Religious Organizations Urge Trump to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:37
Today, a coalition of 23 religious groups sent a letter to the White House and key Administration and Congressional leaders, urging that the United States remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement.

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