Friends Committee on National Legislation Sets Priorities for 116th Congress to Tackle

Three domestic priorities have been chosen, as well as three international issues.

FREDERICK, MD.   (LG)   The Friends Committee on National Legislation are pushing for some real bi-partisan issues for Congress to to work on together this year.   “We are really comprised of people all across the country who care about peace, justice, and the sustainability of our planet, and who want to work with us to engage Congress to take action,” said Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, FCNL.

She says there are several important priorities that the new Congress will need to tackle in 2019. One of those is to reform the immigration system.  “So this is a problem that does not address the human dignity of every individual. And we think it’s important that our Congress have a meaningful debate about immigration which is so fundamental to our country’s economic system, and so fundamental to who we are as a people.”

Randall says other domestic issues include addressing gun violence, and climate change.

International priorities include:  Ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, and reducing Pentagon budget/military spending.

Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward.

By Loretta Gaines