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Advocates stand in front of Capitol building at Annual Meeting 2022
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As the 118th session of the United States Congress begins, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and its network of advocates will be lobbying legislators based on 13 legislative priorities in the next two years. The priorities reflect the discernment of more than 250 Quaker meetings, churches, individuals, and organizations from all over the country.

The FCNL General Committee approved the legislative priorities during its November 2022 annual meeting.

Every two years, preceding the start of a new session of Congress, FCNL asks Friends and their meetings, churches, and other groups all over the country to discern which public policy issues they feel are most pressing.

In developing the legislative priorities for the 118th Congress, FCNL “recognized that we are living through extraordinary times: dire threats to the foundations of our democracy, including attacks on our election infrastructure; an existential global climate crisis; renewed threats of global war; intensified awareness of racial injustice and police brutality; and painful economic turmoil exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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