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.
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.
The Quigley, et al. amendment would return the LRSO to the FY 2015 schedule: providing $19.8 million for FY 2017. The resulting $75 million in savings would be moved to the deficit reduction account. We believe this is the better approach than the current acquisition plan for the new missile for several interrelated reasons: there is no need to rush procurement of the LRSO, the slower funding schedule allows for flexibility, and It is fiscally responsible to fund the LRSO at a slower pace.
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."