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house Bill H.R. 808

Establishing a Department of Peace

Argument in favor

An enormous and needed step at combating the culture of violence that saturates American society.

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    The President has not signed this bill
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 808?

According to bill cosponsor Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), this bill would 

establish the United States Department of Peace, a Cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal government dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace.

The mission of the Department of Peace would be 

to hold peace as an organizing principle; endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; strengthen non-military means of peacemaking; promote the development of human potential; work to create peace, prevent violence, avoid armed conflict and develop new structures in nonviolent dispute resolution; and take a proactive, strategic approach in the development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict and structured mediation of conflict.


If enacted, the bill has the potential to affect everything from drone strikes to domestic violence to school shootings.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 808

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

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Of Note:

Among other things, the bill would, according to Rep. Lee

create and establish a Peace Academy, modeled after the military service academies, which will provide a 4 year concentration in peace education. Graduates will be required to serve 5 years in public service in programs dedicated to domestic or international non-violent conflict resolution.


Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013

Official Title

To establish a Department of Peacebuilding.

    This makes more common sense than everything we have been doing for the last 250 years. They say if you want to break bad habits, you concentrate on trying to create a new habit that replaces the old bad habit. This philosophy is applied here. We concentrate on trying to establish, create and support peace initiatives and become the America that we have been propagandizing the world on. Creating wars and supporting nations and groups of people who are warring, is not benefitting any society. Start supporting god, instead of evil and positive results will happen.
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    If only we spent even 1/2 as much in the pursuit of peace that we spend on war, we could have viable peaceful solutions striving towards an ideal.
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    Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways. ~ Dalai Lama #BuddhaQuote
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    Isn't it the Ministry of Peace? Along with the Ministry of Truth and the Ministry of Plenty.
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    This would change the Rhetoric, which might effect the perspective.
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    We need this ! This is very important its a safeguard to war and it needs to be put in place. We need to be more diplomatic and smarter
    Can you imagine what positive effects we could have in this world if we expended even a fraction of the $54 billion Trump wants to ADD to military $$ WAGING PEACE?????