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.
A broad coalition of partners from across the political spectrum write to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership to urge opposition to budget gimmick that funds more Navy weaponry, taking pressure off of the Navy to budget for strategic needs and prioritize funding.
Monday night, House and Senate budget negotiators agreed on a deal – a budget that will cover FY 2016 and FY 2017. Is there news? Well, Pentagon spending went up again...
We are deeply troubled by the $38
billion added to the Overseas Contingency Operations slush fund. The disregard for the goal of
the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) caps on discretionary spending, the use of a budget
gimmick to flout the budget ceiling’s caps, and the lack of transparency surrounding the bill all
make the passage of this NDAA irresponsible.
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."