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Association of Former Members of Congress

FMC, the Association of Former Members of Congress is a bipartisan, nonprofit, voluntary alliance of former United States Senators and Representatives, standing for America's Constitutional system. FMC works to strengthen the Congress in the conduct of its Constitutional responsibility through promoting a collaborative approach to policy making. FMC seeks to deepen the understanding of our democratic system, domestically and internationally, and to engage the citizenry through civic education about Congress and public service. The United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) utilizes the unique skill sets of its 600 members to provide pro bono public service programs and initiatives both at home and abroad. Today, FMC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization with approximately 600 members who represented American citizens in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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Protecting our democratic institutions starts with the way we vote

Weichlein is the CEO of FMC: The Former Members of Congress Association.

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Manuel DaMota embraces his mother, Barbara, near the Ground Zero memorial on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

We came together on 9/11. Is that possible now?

Today, The Fulcrum introduces a new regular monthly columnist. Pete Weichlein is the CEO of FMC: The Former Members of Congress Association. In his monthly column, Weichlein will share his thoughts and perspective on politics and civics in his daily work. In his first column, Pete reflects on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
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Journalism: A Tense Present and Future

Organizer: Association of Former Members of Congress

At a time where international institutions of all kinds are under siege, and behavioral guardrails in politics are disappearing, voters around the world rely on accurate facts to make the decision on who they trust to lead their nations. However, in the United States and abroad, misinformation, social media, and interference by foreign governments is making an informed, engaged electorate harder than ever to maintain. FMC has collected a panel of journalists from across the world to discuss the causes, and solutions, to a crisis of fact around our globe.

The roundtable will be moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, who has a unique outlook on these questions. He has worked as a journalist, as a Congressional staffer in charge of guiding message creation, and as a Member of Congress, who was under the eye of the media all day. The roundtable will address several topics, including coverage of the United States Presidential election, how people around the world view journalism and journalists, and if the industry can increase trust by their consumers.

Location: Webinar

How to make Congress more Effective: Conversation with Leaders of the House Select Committee on Modernization

Organizer: Association of Former Members of Congress

Chairman Derek Kilmer and Vice Chairman Tom Graves will discuss some of the important work of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the world into a new virtual atmosphere; what will that mean for the future Congress? Congressmen Kilmer and Graves will share their perspectives and highlight some of the key recommendations of the committee. Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will serve as the moderator of this conversation.

Location: Webinar

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