E-News: Lobbying Works
June 5, 2012
Recent Successes: No Authorization of War on Iran; Action on Climate Change; Senate Supports War Prevention Funds; What's New: Afghanistan: A Failed Strategy; U.N. Arms Trade Treaty; Law of the Sea Support; Kenya: Peacemaking at Work; FCNL in the News; Recent FCNL Actions; War is Not the Answer Photo of the Week: St. Paul, MN
We've made progress on some of our key legislative priorities, even as the upcoming election polarizes Congress on many issues.
Congress Not Ready to Authorize War on Iran
Both the House and the Senate are now on record stating that they haven't given the go-ahead for war with Iran in legislation they passed in May.
- The House Defense Authorization Act stated: "nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against Iran."
- A Senate bill to sanction Iran stated: "nothing in this act is to be construed as a declaration of war or as an authorization of the use of force in Iran."
Kate Gould has more on why these statements are important, even in these otherwise unhelpful bills, given the harsh rhetoric and saber-rattling in Congress recently on Iran.
The first step is to acknowledge we have a climate change problem. Rep. Jim Moran (VA) wants Congress to acknowledge the threats posed by human-caused climate change and to take action. Find out what you can do to start a conversation with your members of Congress and candidates. More on how FCNL is working with Rep. Moran to build support for his resolution, H.Res. 672.
When the House cut funding for a new State Department bureau on conflict prevention, slashed contributions to the U.N. and eliminated the Complex Crises Fund, FCNL took action. As Mary Stata reports, we organized 28 other groups to write the Senate to support funding. Our work paid off. In a vote in late May, the Senate Appropriations Committee fully funded the Complex Crises Fund, Conflict Stabilization Operations bureau, and U.S. contributions to the U.N.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan are being killed in support of a failed strategy, Lieutenant Colonel Danny Davis (right) told a congressional briefing last week. Read more.
The United Nations will consider a global arms trade treaty at a conference this July. But will this treaty be a step forward, or a step back?
What do FCNL and 5 former secretaries of state agree on? Ratification of the Law of the Sea. Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker III, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice have all called on the U.S. to ratify this treaty, which will help prevent violent conflict and protect the earth's resources. This treaty had its roots in FCNL's office more than 30 years ago.
Diane Randall joined Friends United Meeting General Secretary Colin Saxton (right) to talk about peacemaking in Kenya. As elections approach, Kenyan Friends are proving that steps can be taken to prevent violence before it starts, and the U.S. can help.
- "Let's Make a Deal: Serious Sanctions Relief Imperative for Iran Pact" by Kate Gould on PBS' Frontline, 6/2/2012
- Kate Gould in "Background Briefing Radio Show" Ian Masters, 5/24/2012
- Congress: The Workforce Investment Act Should Work for the People (6/1/2012)
- Faith Groups Call on Senators to Protect ALL Victims of Domestic Violence (6/1/2012)
- Concern over Military Training Related to Islam: FCNL Letter to House and Senate Armed Service Committees (5/29/12)
FCNL's Emily Temple (right of center) poses with attenders of Twin Cities Friends Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.