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 The FY2021 Defense Appropriations Bill Must Prevent War with Iran  

The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign has led the United States and Iran to the brink of war.

Legislative Ask No Fossil Fuel Bailout in COVID-19 Legislation 

As Congress continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers must oppose any legislation that contains a fossil fuel bailout.

Legislative Ask Pass a Carbon Pricing Bill 

The science is clear: climate change is real, is worsened by human activity, and will continue to harm our communities without significant action. Congress has a moral obligation to protect vulnerable communities and seriously address climate change in a bipartisan fashion.

Legislative Ask Reauthorize FVPSA with Critical Support for Tribal Domestic Violence Programs 

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is the primary federal grant program dedicated to supporting victims of sexual and domestic violence and their children.

Legislative Ask Reduce Pentagon Spending 

As the country struggles with a pandemic and a devastating economic downturn, Congress is moving to fund the Pentagon and defense contractors as if nothing has changed. The United States is poised to spend $741 billion on the Pentagon and nuclear weapons in fiscal year 2021.

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