Dennis Kucinich has left the U.S. Capitol and is now a professional punching bag over at the Fox News TV channel, but one of his legislative quests continues – the effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace. The name of the proposed cabinet department has changed in the legislation introduced yesterday, however. H.R. 808, if passed into law, would establish a Department of Peacebuilding.
Barbara Lee, the primary sponsor of the legislation, explained her motivation for writing the bill, saying, “This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable. On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it as a nation. We invest hundreds of billions each year in the Pentagon, in war colleges, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies. Now we need that kind of investment in peace and nonviolence here at home.”
Cosponsors of the bill are John Conyers, Janice Hahn, Jared Polis, Yvette Clarke, Chellie Pingree, Rob Andrews, James McGovern, and Gwen Moore.