A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The recently-released President's Budget for 2015 requests $80 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, which was created to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. OCO should end as the war in Afghanistan ends. Consider writing a letter to the editor encouraging your members to reject this war funding.
Today, President Obama released his proposed budget for 2015. Here's a brief overview of his proposal.
A broad group of faith organizations sent a letter asking members of Congress to stop funding the Pentagon through the war budget, or Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.
Resources for Action
Lobbying in person is the most effective way to influence your members of Congress on Pentagon cuts. Learn how to set up a meeting with your member of Congress while they're home for a congressional recess or with local staff any time of year.
You don't have to be an expert to lobby your members of Congress. Get the information you need to make your lobby visit a success.
Get ready for your lobby visit.
Grassroots advocates for Pentagon cuts have been lobbying across the country. They've encouraged their members of Congress to preserve human needs programs and keep deep cuts to the Pentagon budget.
Take action to keep cuts to the Pentagon budget.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Militarization has permeated our society, skewing our national budget toward support for the military and its attendant industries and forcing our local economies increasingly to depend on them. Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide more security. Military expansion provokes fear, resentment and potential retaliation."