Defund The Pentagon!

Defund The Pentagon!

We have a historic opportunity to cut the Pentagon budget and invest in our local communities, but we must act swiftly! Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan in the House and Representatives Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey in the Senate have introduced a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Email your representative now and tell them to support this legislation immediately. Want to do more? You can also call your Rep. The Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.


Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

Dear Representatives:

I am writing to ask, as your constituent, for you to support a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget introduced as an amendment to the NDAA by Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan in the House and Representatives Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey in the Senate. Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we need to cut money from the bloated Pentagon budget and invest in our local communities.  

In 2020, the Pentagon budget was $740 billion, or 55% of the discretionary budget. Since 2001 we have spent $6.4 trillion on total military spending while social programs languish. About half of the Pentagon’s budget goes directly into the hands of private contractors, not our troops. 

In the decade following Sept. 11, 2001, military spending increased 50 percent, adjusted for inflation. In comparison, spending on every other non-military program – things like education, health care, public transit, and science –grew by only 13.5 percent over the same time period. Even with such a bloated budget, the Pentagon remains the only Department that has never been independently audited. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Your colleagues, Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan in the House and Representatives Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey in the Senate have introduced an amendment to the NDAA which would cut the Pentagon budget by 10% and invest in our local communities. I urge you to support this amendment to the NDAA and invest in true security, which starts by investing in the health of our local communities.

COVID-19 has shown us that true security comes from investing in our communities, yet we spend 90 times the CDC budget on our Pentagon budget. The choice is clear: will you spend more money on weapons of war, or will we be one that invests in jobs, affordable housing, health care and childcare for those who need it most?

 As Congress works to get Americans back into jobs lost in the COVID-19 crisis, it must focus on proven solutions. Dollar for dollar, spending on the Pentagon and national defense creates fewer jobs than other top industries. According to a Brown University study, $1 billion invested in education will create over twice as many jobs as $1 billion spent on the Pentagon.

I urge you to demonstrate leadership by joining your colleagues in Congress to support the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to cut the Pentagon Budget by 10% and invest in our communities. 

Sincerely,

Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

Dear Representatives:

I am writing to ask, as your constituent, for you to support a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget introduced as an amendment to the NDAA by Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan in the House and Representatives Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey in the Senate. Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we need to cut money from the bloated Pentagon budget and invest in our local communities.  

In 2020, the Pentagon budget was $740 billion, or 55% of the discretionary budget. Since 2001 we have spent $6.4 trillion on total military spending while social programs languish. About half of the Pentagon’s budget goes directly into the hands of private contractors, not our troops. 

In the decade following Sept. 11, 2001, military spending increased 50 percent, adjusted for inflation. In comparison, spending on every other non-military program – things like education, health care, public transit, and science –grew by only 13.5 percent over the same time period. Even with such a bloated budget, the Pentagon remains the only Department that has never been independently audited. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Your colleagues, Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan in the House and Representatives Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey in the Senate have introduced an amendment to the NDAA which would cut the Pentagon budget by 10% and invest in our local communities. I urge you to support this amendment to the NDAA and invest in true security, which starts by investing in the health of our local communities.

COVID-19 has shown us that true security comes from investing in our communities, yet we spend 90 times the CDC budget on our Pentagon budget. The choice is clear: will you spend more money on weapons of war, or will we be one that invests in jobs, affordable housing, health care and childcare for those who need it most?

 As Congress works to get Americans back into jobs lost in the COVID-19 crisis, it must focus on proven solutions. Dollar for dollar, spending on the Pentagon and national defense creates fewer jobs than other top industries. According to a Brown University study, $1 billion invested in education will create over twice as many jobs as $1 billion spent on the Pentagon.

I urge you to demonstrate leadership by joining your colleagues in Congress to support the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to cut the Pentagon Budget by 10% and invest in our communities. 

Sincerely,

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