United States Senate
Dear Mr. Rudow:
Thank you for contacting me regarding legislation to create a United States Department of Peace. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your comments.As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I work to pursue peaceful solutions and avoid the devastation and destruction of war whenever possible. As such, I sincerely appreciate your commitment to ensuring that promoting peace is given a higher priority.In the current Congress, Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced H.R.808, the Department of Peace Act, in the House of Representatives. H.R.808 would establish a Department of Peace which would work to cultivate peace as a national policy objective and develop policies that promote international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, and peaceful conflict resolution.The Department of Peace would also include an office of Domestic Peace Activities, responsible for focusing on such things as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and the prevention of crime.Should the Senate consider H.R.808 or similar legislation, please be assured that I will keep your views in mind.Thank you again for sharing your views with me and please know that I will continue to emphasize the importance of finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts.