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 Reduce Pentagon Spending 

Endless money fuels endless wars. Endless war drives runaway military spending. Congress and the Trump Administration have just agreed to spend $738 billion on the Pentagon and nuclear weapons for fiscal year 2020. That is more than $2 billion every day and $1 million every minute.

Legislative Ask Preserve House Provision to Prevent War with Iran 

The United States and Iran are moving closer to war every day. In the United States, the Trump administration is playing a dangerous game. While claiming not to want a war with Iran, the administration has rapidly escalated tensions between our two countries, increasing the risk of accidents and miscalculations.

Legislative Ask Fix the Glaring Gaps in Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the most important anti-poverty programs in the country. Together these programs prevent more than 29 million people from falling into, or deeper into, poverty. However, there are two serious gaps in these credits.

Legislative Ask Renew the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) 

H.R. 2680

Native Americans face the highest rates of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups. To address this epidemic, Congress introduced and authorized the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) in 1997.

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