E-News: Negotiations Have Begun
October 16, 2012
A bipartisan group of senators is meeting this month to outline a budget deal to avoid the deep spending cuts scheduled to begin in January. These decisions could shape our federal budget for the next decade.
Military contractors and some in Congress are bemoaning the cuts to Pentagon spending required by the deficit-reducing Budget Control Act and are mounting intense lobbying campaigns to keep those cuts from happening. The FCNL community is lobbying relentlessly to ensure that the Pentagon pays its fair share of budget reductions -- cutting $1 trillion over the next 10 years -- and that programs serving children and their families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people are spared from devastating cuts.
The contractors’ lobbying is having an impact. This week one Democratic congressional aide said the party might be willing to cut a larger share of non-defense spending. Make sure lawmakers hear from you. Even though Congress won’t vote for a month or more, the negotiations on what to cut or save in the budget are happening now.
Here’s what you can do:
- Tell your members of Congress that you want them to cut $1 trillion from the Pentagon budget over the next 10 years.
- Ask your friends to write.
- Come to the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day in Washington, DC this November and make your voice heard as members of Congress return after the election.
- Breaking news: Indiana Senator Dick Lugar will be at FCNL’s Annual Meeting to receive the Edward F. Snyder Peace Award. Register today!
- Will the presidential candidates talk about the big issues in tonight’s debate? Tune in at 9 pm Eastern to see if the country gets the answers it needs about important issues like climate change, diplomacy with Iran and funding for human needs. We’ll be tweeting during the debate: follow @FCNL and @DianeFCNL for general updates and @MattLSouthworth and @k8gould for foreign policy reactions.
- Annie Boggess feels like she is at the right place at the right time in her work as a program assistant at FCNL. She writes, “There aren’t many places where you can feel comfortable having a spiritual experience in front of your bosses - but working at FCNL has created the space for me to nurture my own spirituality.” Read more.
- Program assistants like Annie play an important part in FCNL’s strategic advocacy and legislative teams. Know someone who’s committed to changing policy in Washington? We begin accepting applications on November 1.
- FCNL’s Kate Gould (pictured at right) ran the Baltimore Marathon on Saturday while spreading a message of diplomacy with Iran. So far, she has raised more than $1,100 for FCNL’s work to say no to war. It's not too late to support her!
- The week after anti-Muslim ads went up in the DC Metro system, Executive Secretary Diane Randall moderated a press conference where FCNL joined dozens of faith groups in urging Metro not to profit from the ads’ sales. Program Assistant Damian Morden-Snipper imagines what it would be like to see ads condemning your religion on your daily commute.
- This month marks the 50 year anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read program assistant Rachel Kent’s take on our continued vision for a world free of nuclear weapons. Then read what constituent William Lambers thinks about following through with Reagan’s test ban efforts.
- October 17, Wilmington, OH: Matt Southworth will speak at Wilmington College’s Westheimer Peace Symposium.
- October 19-21, Minnesota: Kate Gould will speak on a panel with Rep. Ellison (MN) and in a workshop on lobbying our way out of war with Iran.
- October 26-28, Independence, MO: Jim Cason will give the keynote address at Community of Christ 2012 Peace Colloquy.
- October 27-29, Washington: Diane Randall will visit Spokane, Seattle and Port Townsend to discuss FCNL’s work in faith-based lobbying.
- October 29, St. Louis, MO: Jim Cason and Tila Neguse will talk about lobbying for Pentagon spending cuts.
Check our upcoming events calendar to find out when FCNL staff will be in your area.
The Scattergood Friends School Committee joins FCNL in calling for a world without war.