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Questions for Candidates


Ask your candidates for Congress about how they plan to act for peace and justice.

Domestic Policy

Background Question for Candidates: Engaging Native American Tribes 

Native American tribes have an inherent and constitutional right to govern themselves and their lands, yet Congress often ignores tribal leaders' priorities.

Background Question for Candidates: International Climate Action 

Climate change is a global problem that needs global solutions. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement points the U.S. in the wrong direction, endangering both our negotiating power with other nations and the well-being of communities around the world.

Background Question for Candidates: Sentencing Reform 

The U.S. incarceration system is unfair, unjust, and expensive. Congress can begin to change this system of mass incarceration by passing the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Background Question for Candidates: Comprehensive Immigration Reform 

Families belong together. But family indefinite family detention is not a solution to family separation. Right now, the U.S. spends over $3 billion annually on immigrant detention, a nearly 74% increase over spending since 2010. Congress should support proven, less costly, and more compassionate alternatives.

Background Question for Candidates: Economic Security 

Each person has the right to live a life of dignity with access to basic necessities. Work is valuable, but making public assistance contingent on work does little to address the barriers that many people receiving these benefits face in finding employment.

Background Question for Candidates: Gun Violence 

From mass killings carried out by legally purchased assault weapons to “everyday” deaths from suicide, domestic violence, or at the hands of police, gun violence is preventable – if Congress is willing to act.

Background Question for Candidates: Police Militarization 

Arming local law enforcement agents with grenade launchers, tanks, and guns designed for a battlefield only reinforces the threat that communities, especially communities of color, see in law enforcement.

Foreign Policy

Background Question for Candidates: No Blank Check for War 

Three presidents have used the 2001 Authorization to justify unrestrained military action in the Middle East, Africa, and Indonesia -- at least 41 military engagements in 18 countries. Congress needs to cancel this blank check for war by repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Background Question for Candidates: Diplomacy with North Korea 

The United States has engaged in dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea in the past to avoid war while securing vital national interests—as it did with the Soviet Union before that. It should do so again.

Background Question for Candidates: Pentagon Spending 

FCNL does not support spending taxpayer money on war and violence. Yet even those who support some military spending can agree that Pentagon spending is out of control.

Background Question for Candidates: Bombs in Yemen 

Since March 2015, the U.S. has supported the Saudi-led military coalition to wage a devastating war in Yemen, which has plunged that country into humanitarian crisis

Background Question for Candidates: The Iran Nuclear Deal 

The Iran nuclear deal successfully closed off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and made the world safer. U.S. and Israeli security officials have attested that the deal with working and that Tehran has upheld its commitments.

Background Question for Candidates: Ensure the U.S. Has Peacebuilding Tools 

Before, during, and after a conflict, the U.S. can work to build peace -- if our government invests in the institutions and personnel necessary for peacebuilding to succeed.

Background Question for Candidates: Welcome Refugees 

FCNL supports openness to refugees, as well as victims of violence and human trafficking and those seeking asylum.

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Washington Newsletter June 2018 Newsletter: Questions for Candidates 

Working for the world we seek for 75 years.

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