1. Background

What Members of Congress Are Saying About FCNL

Members of Congress value FCNL's persistent and principled approach to advocacy. Here's what they and their staff are saying about this work.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

"Since its inception, FCNL has been a force on Capitol Hill calling on members of Congress to fight for a safer, healthier, more peaceful world. You bring to Capitol Hill both the knowledge and the expertise of your staff and the passion of people all over the country who are taking action is a deeply effective combination. The fact that this combination is used to stand up for peace and justice is more critical today than ever before." ~ 2017

Notable Moment

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

As members of the Religious Society of Friends, you have been trying to tell us for a long time, that there's a better way. Now, more than ever, we need your wisdom. ~ 2007

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

"I want to thank the Friends Committee on National Legislation for their work helping me foster bipartisan support for climate action here in Congress. Your passion and activism is making a critical difference in shifting the dialogue in climate change." ~2017

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) meets with FCNL constituents, Annual Meeting 2017

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) meets with FCNL constituents, November 2017 FCNL staff

"When I was the only member to oppose the 2001 authorization to use military force, I was honored to have FCNL and the Quakers by my side standing up to war without end. And every year when I work to end reckless and unchecked Pentagon spending, I know that FCNL will join me in this effort. After all, it is the work of groups like FCNL getting constituents into congressional offices all over the country that builds support and moves legislation forward." ~2017

Former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN)

"I thank especially the Friends Committee on National Legislation each day for dedicated work on disarmament policy." ~2012

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

A group of FCNL constituents meets with Washington senator Patty Murray at Annual Meeting in November 2017.

FCNL advocates from Washington state meet with Sen. Patty Murray, November 2017. FCNL staff

"From the beginning, people of faith have helped define our national consciousness, striving to ensure that our laws and policies live up to the promise of our collective values. At the Friends Committee, you've done that and more, training thousands of citizen activists and lobbying lawmakers to seek peace and justice on behalf of American families. You've stood on the front lines to fight for strong investments in underserved communities, and you've raised your voices about the importance of quality, affordable healthcare." ~2017

Rep. David Price (D-NC)

"We have a job to do ... in peacemaking, and in pushing diplomacy over the use of force and violence and bluster. There's just so much work to do. Thank you. You're on the front lines." ~2017

Jim Gray, former aide to Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

"I always loved meeting with the groups you would bring in and just your overall approach to advocacy. You do it right." ~2017

Former Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-OR)

"In my Baptist training I was warned about the sin of pride, but I think Quakers can be forgiven for feeling very pleased with the impact you have made on national policy issues… Your success in producing a clear-thinking, well informed body of people across the country may be your most important achievement." ~1993