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 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.
Whether our message is about health care for people who have none, food assistance for hungry people, decent housing for people without homes, or schools and training to help build a future -- there's never "enough money." And yet the Pentagon always "needs" and gets more money. We believe Congress has choices -- so that's what we're writing about this year.
We were delighted to see that the budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress Tuesday included programs that would lift half a million people out of poverty, reduce child hunger and provide funding to begin to address the impacts of harmful climate change on the world. But there’s so much more we could do as a nation to address climate change, protect our national security and meet the needs of all of our country if Congress rejected the president’s proposals to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the Pentagon.
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."