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Mar 31, 2015

The People's Budget and the People's Priorities

The People’s Budget and the People’s Priorities Last week, on March 25, the “People’s Budget,” offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, garnered 96 votes, the largest show of support for this alternative in five years -- nearly 30 percent of the House, and a majority of Democrats. This alternative more closely reflects FCNL’s budget priorities than any of the other proposal. It also tracks closely with the priorities of a wide swath of the American public, according to the National Priorities Project (NPP).

Emily Wirzba

Mar 30, 2015

Good News for Energy Efficiency Legislation

Early Friday morning, March 27th, Senators Rob Portman (OH-R) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH-D) finally passed S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015.

Then Do What's Possible

Mar 30, 2015

Then Do What's Possible

How we keep our spirits…spirited. How we keep our minds clear and focused ahead to the world we seek when it sometimes feels hard to make out the forest through the trees.

Shouting About OCO

Mar 27, 2015

Shouting About OCO

The Senate and the House have each adopted a version of the federal budget. Where do the two disagree? About how much should be in the Pentagon slush fund. So far, the Senate has not agreed to increase the "OCO" account to the $92 billion approved by the House.

Mar 26, 2015

Organizations Support the SANE Act

FCNL supports the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act to reduce spending on nuclear weapons

FCNL Supports Fair Chance Hiring Reforms

Mar 25, 2015

FCNL Supports Fair Chance Hiring Reforms

FCNL joined 180 organizations in signing on to a letter composed by the National Employment Law Center, All of Us or None, and PICO National Network, which asks President Obama to strongly act on a federal fair chance hiring initiative.

Witnessing an Alternative to Counterterrorism Aid in Kenya

Mar 24, 2015

Witnessing an Alternative to Counterterrorism Aid in Kenya

A March 7 New York Times article titled “African Training Exercise Turns Urgent as Threats Grow” detailed the “American…rush to train African counterterrorism troops to fight extremists on the continent.”

Battling Budgets

Mar 23, 2015

Battling Budgets

Senators and House members will debate budget proposals this week that outline very different views of the country that we want to have. Will these debates represent your view?

#RaiseTheWage: A Moral Imperative

Mar 23, 2015

#RaiseTheWage: A Moral Imperative

Congress has a responsibility to lead the effort in raising the federal minimum wage. It’s time for the United States to offer its workforce a decent living.

End the Slush Fund for War

Mar 23, 2015

End the Slush Fund for War

Both the House and the Senate are poised to add more money to the slush fund for war. But with your help, they could block the increased funding for war.

WEBINAR: Decoding the Budget

Mar 19, 2015

WEBINAR: Decoding the Budget

Tune in to hear faith groups discuss the budget as a moral document in this webinar: "Decoding the Budget" Enormous consequences for poverty and how you can make an impact".

Ask Congress to Speak Out on Climate Change

Mar 19, 2015

Ask Congress to Speak Out on Climate Change

We know that climate change isn't going away anytime soon, but we need more members of Congress to acknowledge that it's happening before they'll act. Urge your members of Congress to speak out about climate change -- and to work for bipartisan action on climate change.

Congressional Briefing: Conflict and Natural Resources in Central African Republic

Mar 18, 2015

Congressional Briefing: Conflict and Natural Resources in Central African Republic

Join us for a panel discussion on how natural resources – including high-value resources like diamonds, ivory and timber – have exacerbated violent conflict and tensions in Central African Republic.

Faith Groups Insist: Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

Mar 17, 2015

Faith Groups Insist: Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

The House and Senate are gearing up to consider and pass their versions of the federal budget -- an outline of this nation's priorities. Faith groups weighed in early in the process. Are you talking to your representative and senators?

Job Posting: Major Gifts Officer

Mar 13, 2015

Job Posting: Major Gifts Officer

As a key member of FCNL's Development team, the Major Gifts Officer will travel nationwide to interpret FCNL programs, engage our network and find new supporters to strengthen FCNL's impact in Washington.

Spring Lobby Weekend Logistics

Mar 13, 2015

Spring Lobby Weekend Logistics

If you're coming to Spring Lobby Weekend, get all the details. We're excited to see you!

Tell Your Senators to Speak Out on Climate

Mar 13, 2015

Tell Your Senators to Speak Out on Climate

We know that climate change isn't going away anytime soon, but we need more members of Congress to acknowledge that it's happening before they'll act. Urge your members of Congress to speak out about climate change -- and to work for bipartisan action on climate change.

A Perfect Pair: Nonviolent Action and Lobbying

Mar 12, 2015

A Perfect Pair: Nonviolent Action and Lobbying

At FCNL, we spend a lot of time thinking about unlikely pairings. Joe Volk, FCNL's executive secretary emeritus, has more on one of these: nonviolent direct action and grassroots lobbying.

Native American Legislative Update: March 2015

Mar 11, 2015

Native American Legislative Update: March 2015

See the Legislative Update on the President's budget request, education initiatives, tribal self-governance and new legislation.

Senators Try to Undermine Iran Negotiations

Mar 10, 2015

Senators Try to Undermine Iran Negotiations

Your members of Congress are hearing a lot of opposition to diplomacy. They need to hear that their constituents support the ongoing talks with Iran. Please call Congress today, and urge them to let diplomacy work.

Elizabeth Beavers

Mar 9, 2015

Main Street Shouldn't Look Like a War Zone

A new bill would stop the Pentagon from handing out free military-grade weapons and equipment to law enforcement. Ferguson is proof of why this legislation is necessary.

Senate: A Call to Conscience on Climate

Mar 5, 2015

Senate: A Call to Conscience on Climate

Future generations are counting on Congress. Members can start by coming together around a bipartisan statement that acknowledges the reality of climate change and the moral obligation for lawmakers to act.

House: A Call to Conscience on Climate

Mar 5, 2015

House: A Call to Conscience on Climate

Future generations are counting on Congress. Members can start by coming together around a bipartisan statement that acknowledges the reality of climate change and the moral obligation for lawmakers to act.

FCNL Supports the REDEEM Act

Mar 4, 2015

FCNL Supports the REDEEM Act

FCNL wrote a letter to Senator Cory Booker and Senator Rand Paul expressing support for the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM) Act of 2015. The letter thanks the senators for their co-sponsorship of the bill, and acknowledges it as a step in the movement to break not only the cycle of incarceration, but also the cycle of poverty as it aims to reduce recidivism through providing opportunity post incarceration.

Kate Gould

Mar 3, 2015

What Netanyahu Got Wrong

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress. Below is a quick reaction on what Netanyahu got wrong, and some of the problems with the substance, timing, and how the speech was arranged in the first place.

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