Legislative Asks


Your meetings with Congress are most effective when you focus on one clear, legislative ask. Print one of the documents below on an issue you care about, and use it as a starting point for your next lobby visit!

Background Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress 

Since the early days of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), God’s spirit has led Friends to be a prophetic witness and to take action in the world. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) brings Friends’ spiritual values and testimonies to bear on U.S. public policy decisions.

How to Use these Documents

  1. Learn how to lobby: Use this step-by-step guide to meet with your members of Congress.
  2. Print out a document below on the issue of your choice.
  3. Keep FCNL in the loop: Tell us how your lobby visit went — it informs our legislative strategy and can amplify your impact.

Printable Legislative Asks

Legislative Ask America Needs Police Reform 

We call on Congress to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.

Legislative Ask Pass a COVID-19 Relief Bill that Increases Nutrition Assistance 

Congress has passed four bills to address the COVID-19 epidemic and the subsequent economic downturn are taking a devastating toll on lives and the economy. While all four bills had important provisions, they didn't include nearly enough support for the people in our communities who are experiencing hunger and unemployment.

Legislative Ask The NDAA Must Prevent Unauthorized War with Iran 

The United States and Iran are moving closer to war every day. Iran’s provocative naval maneuvers and the U.S. response could easily lead to an accidental military confrontation.

Legislative Ask Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with Strong Provisions for Native Women 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) addresses violence and sexual assault by providing the resources and services necessary for public safety. This bill is especially significant for Native American communities, which deal with domestic and sexual violence at unparalleled rates.

Legislative Ask Stop the New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile 

Congress should stop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent missile before it’s too late.

The United States currently fields 400 nuclear-tipped Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in land-based silos at Malmstrom, Minot, and Warren Air Force bases stretching across Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado. Despite a recently-completed, multibillion-dollar, decade-long program to extend these missiles’ service life, the Air Force is moving ahead with plans to develop a new, replacement ICBM—the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

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