Legislative Updates

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Marching for action on climate change Several dozen Mennonites joined the estimated 400,000 people who walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Two days later, world leaders met to discuss what actions they will take to address climate change. There is renewed energy for working toward a new…

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Legislative movement in Congress has been a lot like a one-horse town: if you blink, you’ll miss it. While there haven’t been too many bills making their way into law, there was a recent bill on Haiti’s reconstruction progress that is drawing a lot of attention. With bipartisan support, U.S. Congress passed a bill that…

Read more Good news: Congress passes landmark bill for aid transparency in Haiti!

In the latest Third Way Cafe, Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach looks at some initial steps toward building bridges between Iran and others in the international community. Read her article here and urge your Members of Congress to support a diplomatic resolution with Iran.

This year, the MCC Washington Office has asked for your support in urging Congress to pass the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act.” This legislation would help increase transparency and accountability of U.S. aid efforts in Haiti by requiring Congress to receive comprehensive updates from the State Department on how the funds are being spent. These…

Read more Houses Passes Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013

On Wednesday, October 9th, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the “Administration of Haiti Reconstruction Funding.” The discussion was based on a report issued June 2013 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that investigated and reported on the USAID funded Caracol industrial park in northern Haiti. The hearing took place in two parts: the…

Read more House Foreign Affairs Committee Discusses Haiti Aid Funding

Sending a significant signal on the defense appropriations bill yesterday, the House voted to cut $3.5 billion from the Pentagon’s “overseas contingency operations” account. These funds, while ostensibly for the war in Afghanistan, had been transferred from the Pentagon’s base budget due to constraints as a result of the Budget Control Act. The vote was…

Read more House approves cut to Pentagon funding

On January 12, 2010, a deadly earthquake hit Haiti causing severe physical, social and economic damage. It resulted in over 230,000 deaths and 2 million people were displaced from their homes. Three years later, little progress can be seen in regards to development efforts. Over 320,000 Haitian still reside in camps and forced evictions are…

Read more Support U.S. Aid Accountability and Transparency in Haiti