Lobby Days

This year, Veterans For Peace Lobby Days are Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24th and 25th.  The House and Senate are both in session that week, and we need your help! Don't underestimate the significance of your presence. Please use this page as a resource while you plan your lobby visits.

What we are asking from Congress:

  1. Support SANE Act (S 831 & HR 1534) and the People’s Budget:  President Obama’s budget proposal for FY2017 continues to fund the insane "modernizing" of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems that will cost taxpayers a staggering $1 TRILLION over thirty years.  That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we have signed treaties to get rid of.

    1. The  SANE Act would save taxpayers approximately $100 billion over ten years by scaling down, delaying, or canceling a variety of obsolete nuclear weapons programs.  

    2. The  People’s Budget follows a similar plan and distributes savings to human and environmental needs.

  1. Support H.R. 2114 Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015: Our goal is to add co-sponsors to the bill, thank current co-sponsors, and to find a sponsor for a companion bill in the Senate.

    1. This bill will provide health care and social services for affected Vietnamese and affected children of American Vietnam veterans, clean up the lands and restore eco-systems contaminated by Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam and conduct research into the health effects of Agent Orange in the U.S. and Vietnam.   

    2. Agent Orange was sprayed over south Vietnam inflicting death, major illnesses and disabilities on more than 3 million Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans and Vietnamese Americans. They—and their children and grandchildren—suffer from cancers, immune deficiencies, reproductive illnesses and severe birth defects.

    3. Vietnamese people, Vietnamese Americans, and the children of U.S. veterans have yet to receive meaningful help from the U.S. government.

  1. Publicly Oppose Hate Speech: Our priority is to obtain a verbal commitment that your representative or senator will publicly speak out against hate speech at public appearances during this year’s election campaigns. Hate speech corrodes our politics and our society.  It is destructive and unnecessary. It contradicts the values that have build our country. In the current political arena, we are seeing an elevation in hate speech across major platforms. It is more important now more than ever to take a stand against hate. Leaders cannot be silent any longer.