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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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Quaker Peacebuilding Efforts Before Kenya's Elections

Sat, 2017-05-06 01:13
According to David Bucura, coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative, "Kenya is in tension and is hot in some places now. There is big tension before the elections.” AGLI is a project of the Friends Peace Teams which supports peace activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

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Urgent Health Care Update

Fri, 2017-05-05 12:54
On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to repeal key patient protections, end Medicaid as we know it, and eliminate coverage for 24 million people.

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A Witness Against War

Thu, 2017-05-04 18:38
John Huyler, a member of Boulder Friends Meeting, shares his journey to Friends and FCNL.

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FCNL Opposes Efforts to Undermine the Johnson Amendment

Thu, 2017-05-04 18:38
FCNL opposes efforts by the president and members of Congress to roll back restrictions put in place in the 1950s that ban partisan political activity in houses of worship.

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FCNL Opposes Efforts to Undermine the Johnson Amendment

Thu, 2017-05-04 12:33
FCNL opposes efforts by the president and members of Congress to roll back restrictions put in place in the 1950s that ban partisan political activity in houses of worship. The Johnson Amendment, which maintains a barrier between electoral politics and tax-exempt religious and charitable activities, prevents religious institutions from becoming platforms for individual political candidates or parties. By preventing politicians from trying to dip into churches’ and charities’ bank accounts, they keep these institutions free of unfair, money-driven politics.

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FCNL Welcomes Bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission Act

Wed, 2017-05-03 18:22
Members from the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus just introduced their first piece of legislation in the 115th Congress, the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017.

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FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Honored by EMILY's List

Wed, 2017-05-03 18:21
EMILY's List, an organization dedicated to promoting women's political engagement and women's rights, honors FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb for her dedicated work to promote social justice.

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Immigration Funding in the Omnibus

Wed, 2017-05-03 12:16
FCNL’s network was advocating for Congress to refuse to fund the $3 billion supplemental request from President Trump that included money for the border wall, additional agents, and expanded detention. Where did we end up?

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