Senate needs to follow House’s lead, be advocates of peace

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Congress does not always get everything right, but when it does do something positive it is important to take note and encourage it. In late May, the House passed the “Global Fragility Act” (HR2116) with broad bipartisan support. The vote showed deep legislative support for peaceful, preventative solutions to stop violent conflict before it begins, while building peace where it is needed most.

The Global Fragility Act strengthens our government’s capacity to address the root causes of violence, which is taking an increasingly harsh economic and human toll. It provides the development of a long-term government-wide strategy to address conflict and violence on priority countries and provides priority finds to reduce and prevent violence.

Stopping violence where it begins is always a good idea and the right thing to do. An added incentive is also saving millions, if not billions, in the future by preventing wars and interventions. With the world less peaceful today than any time in the last deade, we now need the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass the bill. Join me in urging Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch to show global leadership and get this done. Peace needs advocates.

STEVE WILLEY

Sandpoint

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