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House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes to Authorize a 'Civilian Response Corps'




WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A key congressional
committee today approved legislation that would strengthen the U.S.
government's capability to respond quickly to emerging crises around the
world, prevent and resolve violent conflicts, and rebuild war-torn
countries, the Friends Committee on National Legislation said today.



Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by unanimous
consent the Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act (HR
1084), which would authorize the creation of standby groups of civilian
specialists with diverse skills and the capability to rapidly deploy in a
crisis to prevent weak states from collapsing or rebuild war-torn states.



"This legislation is a critical first step toward changing the way the
US engages the world," explained Ann Vaughan, a lobbyist for conflict
prevention with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 64 year
old Quaker lobby. "Many of the problems in the world today cannot be solved
by military force. Problems such as economic disparity and the lack of a
functioning, legitimate government can't be solved by the military. Yet
U.S. policymakers lack a corps of civilian experts to send to crisis torn
areas to help countries help themselves and provide basic services to their
citizens. This legislation addresses that need."



"We hope the full House will act quickly to pass the bill," added
Vaughan. "Today's vote was a first step towards increasing U.S.
non-military tools to respond to crisis and conflicts."



The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered
religious lobby in Washington, is a non-partisan Quaker lobby in the public
interest. FCNL works with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of
people from every state in the U.S. to advocate for social and economic
justice, peace, and good government. More information: http://www.fcnl.org
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