This is a message to people and communities of faith and conscience—the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is being debated in Congress and we need to act now. Read and share the article below, and then add your name to pass the amendment. –Interfaith Peace Working Group
FROM PUBLIC CITIZENThe 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
The 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is presently being debated in Congress. While almost all federal spending has been frozen for the next two years, this bill increases the Pentagon budget by $68 billion dollars, bringing it to a total of $886.3 billion. This is more than half of all the nation’s discretionary funds. The $68 billion increase alone is double the entire budget of the Environmental Protection Agency at a time when climate disruption is as great or, perhaps, a greater threat to our national security than any foreign country. Some argue that it’s necessary to spend all this money to protect ourselves from Russia and China and other enemy nations. A comparison of US military spending with that of other nations calls that argument into question. We already spend more on our military than the next nine countries combined, including China and Russia.
We spend nearly 10 times as much as Russia and 3 times as much as China. The Pentagon itself identified more than $100 billion dollars in its budget that is waste! Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan have introduced an amendment to the Pentagon spending bill that would cut $100 billion from weapons and waste and redirect that money to programs that address human needs. This amendment offers people and communities of faith and conscience that are concerned about peace a concrete opportunity to work for peace by calling their congressional representative and their two US senators and asking them to support the Lee/Pocan amendment. Use the link below to do so. Tell Congress:
Pass the Lee/Pocan amendment to cut $100 billion from the Pentagon’s massively bloated budget. Add your name.
Thanks for taking action.
Interfaith Peace Working Group
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