An American Dilemma: Runaway Military Spending with Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee May 13

Event Dates: 
05/13/21

 

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People Over the Pentagon- Cutting the Defense Budget

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7 pm CT 

Ask your Rep. and Senators to join the "Defense" Spending Reduction Caucus

Watch the Code Pink Webinar with Cong. Reps. Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee.

We will follow with a discussion on the problem of egregious military spending. We will include information from the War Resisters League and the National Priorities Project.

WASHINGTON, D.C. On Mar, 16, 2021, co-chairs of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, Reps Barbara Lee (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Marine veteran Rep Jake Auchincloss (D-MA9), led a letter of 50 colleagues to President Biden urging him to decrease the Pentagon’s budget by at least 10% in his forthcoming proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Under Donald Trump, the defense budget ballooned to $740 billion—a more than 20% increase during his tenure. Over 535,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. Last year’s NDAA authorized $738 billion in defense spending for FY20, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) got 1/90th of that: less than $8 billion.

“We are facing a crisis in this country and billions of dollars in defense spending increases won’t solve it,” said Congressman Pocan. “Year after year, we see taxpayer dollars line the pocket of defense contractors instead of supporting the American public. The enemy we’re fighting right now is COVID-19, so our sole focus should be on expanding testing, tracing and treatment, funding towards vaccine development, and relief for the American people.

 “As we face a global pandemic and unprecedented economic crisis, the needs of American families far outweigh the need to continue feeding our bloated military defense budget.  Now is the time to show the American people that the Biden-Harris administration prioritizes their health, housing, education, and jobs over billions more towards forever wars abroad.” said Rep. Lee.

In 2020, an amendment to the NDAA was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Senate that would save $74 billion, which is more than the total budgets of the CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development combined. And in a new poll from Data for Progress, 57 percent of people said they would support cutting the defense budget by 10 percent and reallocating the funds to the CDC and other domestic needs.

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