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FCNL’s strategic lobbying gets results. From the creation of the Peace Corps and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, FCNL has been pivotal to some of our country’s landmark legislation. Our power stems from the integrity of our positions, our effective lobbying in Washington, and our committed grassroots network.


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Working Together for Change

Addressing Climate Change

FCNL is creating space for bipartisan progress to address climate change, even as the Trump administration works to dismantle environmental protections. We’ve led the way to bring more than 60 members into the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which provides a forum for members to work across the aisle.

Protecting Health Care for All

FCNL’s persistent advocacy, in partnership with our faith community colleagues, helped defeat legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and cut 22 million people off health care. In nearly 300 lobby visits, we shared stories about the importance of affordable health care coverage and Medicaid. We continue to advocate for a community that helps everyone meet their basic needs.

[FCNL’s Quaker Welcome Center] will help stem the vitriol by fostering respectful conversation and a search for common ground.

'New space in DC intends to play host to bipartisan dialogue' in the Washington Post

Building Peace

FCNL’s advocacy is counteracting the Trump administration’s push to put military force at the center of U.S. foreign policy. We are building bipartisan support in the House and Senate for the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, and we are successfully keeping Congress from cutting peacebuilding funding. We continue to press the U.S. to engage diplomatically and to uphold the nuclear deal with Iran. We are also pushing Congress to reconsider its unconditional support for military strategies, from ending the U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen to repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Florence Ntakarutimana, a Quaker who works with CRS in the Central African Republic, and Hussein Khalid of Haki Africa in Kenya
Florence Ntakarutimana, a Quaker who works with CRS in the Central African Republic, and Hussein Khalid of Haki Africa in Kenya

[LEFT] Florence Ntakarutimana, a Quaker who works with CRS in the Central African Republic, and Hussein Khalid of Haki Africa in Kenya speak at Annual Meeting [RIGHT] Syrian refugee children holding up peace signs in Lebanon. Trocaire / Flickr

Fixing Immigration

FCNL is working closely with Republican and Democratic senators on comprehensive legislation to protect Dreamers, undocumented young adults who arrived in the U.S. as children. Both in our own lobbying and that of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which we co-chair, FCNL is advocating for reforms to our immigration system and against harmful proposals such as increased deportation, detention, and a military buildup on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Protecting Muslims and Refugees

FCNL is at the forefront of opposing the Trump administration’s executive orders gutting the refugee resettlement program and barring people from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. We are lobbying for bills to rescind the order, securing congressional support for court challenges to the order, and organizing public demonstrations to support refugees.

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Reining in Pentagon Spending

FCNL’s Advocacy Teams – more than 1,300 people across the country – spent all of 2017 building relationships with their congressional delegations, focused on Pentagon spending. Thanks to their work, members of Congress are supporting Pentagon audit legislation and hearing hard questions about Pentagon spending increases. FCNL also continues to focus on blocking spending for nuclear weapons and supporting nonproliferation efforts.

'We now have Advocacy Teams around the country who are pursuing relationships with their members of Congress,' said [FCNL's] Jim Cason.

'Putting Citizenship Back in Congress' in the New York Times

Advocating with Native Americans

FCNL’s persistent advocacy on Native American concerns honors a history of respectful relationships between Quakers and Native peoples. In November, we welcomed our first congressional advocate on Native American policy, Lacina Onco, who will lead FCNL’s advocacy with Congress as an ally of Native American groups.

Background History 

We were founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1943 in response to World War II. FCNL was a lobby from the start, working directly with policymakers to solve the big challenges that affect our world. Since then, we've advocated tirelessly for peace, justice, and sustainability — and it's paid off.

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