Citizens for Global Solutions recognizes that in today’s interconnected world, our lives, our jobs and our families are increasingly affected by global problems. CGS therefore advocates for closer American cooperation with and support for international institutions capable of responding to the threats and challenges of a new century.
CGS works with Congress and the Executive branch to promote global solutions to problems including genocide, climate change, nuclear deterrence, and international justice. We work to build political will in the United States to ensure that our leaders work with our friends and allies to make the world a safer and better place for everyone.
Global Issues on the Hill
Here is up-to-date information about key global issues currently flowing through Congress. Legislation on global issues can easily stall or get stuck as Congress deals with it (or chooses not to). Therefore, the issues listed in this section will come and go depending on their status in Congress. This section is only for issues that are currently active on Capitol Hill.
|The Obama administration strongly supports ratification, and has included CEDAW as a priority. Proponents are currently attempting to get a hearing scheduled with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Jan-Feb 2011. There is a fair chance that CEDAW will come up for a vote in the Senate in 2011.
|Get 67 votes in the Senate for ratification of the treaty
|SUCCESS!! This nukes treaty was a central piece of Obama's agenda during the lame-duck session of Congress. On December 22nd, 2010, the Senate voted to ratify the New START nuclear weapons treaty between the United States and Russia by a vote of 71 to 26!
|Introduce a new Genocide Prevention Bill in 2011||Since S. Con. Res. 71, is a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Feingold and Collins in August 2010 that laid out a framework for the U.S. to help prevent genocide and mass atrocities was approved unanimously on December 23rd, CGS is looking forward to building on the momentum of the success of Resolution 71 with a new bill in 2011. Details to follow...|
|Ensure sufficient funding for the international affairs budget.
|In 2010, peacekeeping funding was adequate. The House and Senate has yet to pass a bill to fund the international affairs budget in 2011. It is not clear whether Congress will simply hold everything at the 2010 funding levels next year, or pass a new "omnibus" appropriations bill to provide new levels of funding in 2011. The status of peacekeeping funding in 2011 remains uncertain.|
Making Laws, 101
A "bill" is introduced when a member of Congress decides to create a new law. Any member of Congress can introduce a bill. Only members of the House may introduce bills that deal with taxes or spending. Before a bill can become a law, both houses of Congress must pass identical versions of the bill.
Once a bill is introduced in either the House or Senate, it goes through almost the same process. Each bill is first assigned to a committee for review. The bill is tabled, or set aside, if the committee decides the bill is not worthy. The bill is sent to floor for debate if the committee decides the bill is worthy of further action.
If the bill passes, it is sent to the other house. A joint committee works out any differences the two houses of Congress have concerning a bill. When both houses agree on a bill, the Speaker of the House and the vice president sign it. The bill must be signed before being sent to the president.
In each two-year session, thousands of bills come before Congress. On average over eleven thousand bills are introduced in a single Congressional session. Less than five hundred on average are enacted into law.
- New START: The Senate voted to ratify the New START nuclear weapons treaty between the United States and Russia by a vote of 71 to 26 on December 22nd, 2010. CGS advocated strongly for the ratification of New START and welcomes this bipartisan victory for national security.
- Gen Prevention: The Senate unanimously approved S. Con. Res. 71, a bipartisan anti-genocide resolution championed by CGS, on December 23rd, 2010. CGS looks forward to the introduction of a new genocide prevention bill in Congress next year, based on the recommendations of the Albright-Cohen genocide prevention task force report.
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