A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
As a nation, we have the resources and imagination to make a valuable contribution to the survival of the planet and the well-being of the world's people. But for too long, our country has invested in an enormous military, shaping a world based on war and the threat of war and denying people in our communities the health, education and environmental security they need to thrive.
Extremist groups such as ISIS have
continued to emerge despite the
money and attention our country
lavishes on military responses to
violence. Our country must invest in
diplomacy, development, and support
of local peacebuilding programs to
prevent violent conflict. Would you
make funding for these peacebuilding
initiatives a priority if you are elected?
Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.
FCNL wrote a letter to Congress expressing discontent with the proposal to increase Pentagon spending by $18 billion and further break parity with domestic spending. Other faith organizations signed onto the letter supporting an increase in EITC for individuals that would be overlooked otherwise.
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."