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!

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 No More Blank Check for War 

Congress Must Decide When the U.S. Goes to War

Since 9/11, three U.S. presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 Iraq AUMF to justify U.S. military action across the globe without congressional approval. According to public records, the 2001 AUMF has been used to justify 41 military operations in 19 countries.

Legislative Ask Co-Sponsor the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act  

S. 1856

The Pentagon’s 1033 program transfers weapons designed for war zones to local police forces in the United States, fueling the perception that local law enforcement is a military force occupying our communities.

Legislative Ask Say NO to War with Iran 

Co-sponsor S. 1039/H.R. 2354

The U.S. administration is beating the drums for war with Iran. Last spring, the president pulled our nation out of the Iran nuclear deal, even though Iran remains in compliance with the agreement. In the fall, National Security Adviser John Bolton directed the Pentagon to develop military options for attacking Iran. Most recently, President Trump – over the objections of the Pentagon -- designated a branch of Iran’s security forces as a terrorist organization, which could make negotiations with Iran more difficult and increase the risk of conflict.

Legislative Ask Co-Sponsor the REAL Act and include in the Higher Education Act  

H.R.2168 /S.1074

Mass incarceration is built upon excessive sentences and limited opportunities for rehabilitation. Workforce training and education in prison are key to unlocking potential and increasing the likelihood of success upon release.

Legislative Ask Support the Global Fragility Act  

H.R.2116/S.727

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violence, resulting in the forced displacement of millions, and generating 80 percent of humanitarian need. The United States must act to peacefully reduce and prevent violent conflict.

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