Legislative Updates

On February 10, MCC U.S. Executive Director Rolando Santiago joined 66 other leaders of national organizations to sign a letter urging the Obama Administration to review U.S. policy on landmines and cluster bombs.  Here is an excerpt from the letter: Your election stirred great excitement in this country and abroad in large part because of…

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Gabe Schlabach expands upon his recent DC Gun Violence post in a new article for Third Way Cafe.  An excerpt: Travis Childers (D-MS) introduced a federal bill, H.R. 6691, that would repeal all of Washington, D.C.’s gun laws and prevent the city from enacting future gun laws, even those found constitutional by the Supreme Court. The…

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Two months ago, semi-automatic handguns broke the silence of a quiet night in the Trinidad neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC, just three blocks from the Mennonite Central Committee DC service unit.  Thirty-five shots were fired in a matter of seconds, taking the lives of three men: Duane Hough, Johnny Jeter and Anthony Mincey. For the…

Read more U.S. House of Representatives Moving to Exacerbate Gun Violence in DC

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced legislation yesterday that would provide Native tribes with more legal jurisdiction over non-Natives on tribal lands.  Currently, they can only fine non-Native defendants an insignificant amount and imprison them for a maximum of one year (no matter the crime). NPR reported on the problems  this lack of jurisdiction has caused…

Read more Sen. Dorgan Introduces Tribal Law and Order Act

On June 24, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation (S. 2166). The legislation was then reported for consideration to the full Senate. In a statement Senator Bob Casey (PA) said, “I’m pleased that at a time when nations around the world are suffering and their…

Read more Jubilee Act Passes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee!