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.
FCNL along with other organizations are in strong support of the bi-partisan Mulvaney/Van Hollen/Sanford/Lee amendment to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This amendment, if passed, would help put us on the path to better fiscal discipline which is important to each of our organizations representing citizens on both the right and the left.
These are the NDAA amendments that are currently ruled in order that the Friends Committee on National Legislation supports or opposes.
FCNL signed a letter supporting cuts to the Pentagon's budget along with 17 groups from the right and the left. The letter includes alternatives to spending, cuts to wasteful equipment, and cuts to the nuclear arsenal. If these changes were adopted there would be a total of $38.6 billion in savings.
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."