July 21, 2020
The United States spends over $700 billion dollars (yes, that’s billion with a “B”) on the Pentagon every year.
That’s more than 53% of the discretionary budget. It’s more than we spend on education, federal courts, affordable housing, green energy, and public health combined.
Can you imagine what we could do with those funds if we reinvested them in people instead?
Right now, progressive champions in Congress are trying to do just that. U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are joining U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) to push a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget to reinvest in other domestic and human needs.
We have a chance right now to defund the military and invest in our communities, but it can’t happen without your help.
10% of next year’s proposed military spending is $74 billion — a pittance to the Pentagon, but that money could make a huge difference elsewhere.
You can play around with NPP’s Trade-Offs calculator to see just how much your state or local government could do with just 10% of the 2019 military budget.
Congress will vote on the amendment next week, so now is our time to make a difference.
If there was ever a time to look after our neighbors and say no to military contractor greed, it’s now.
It’s time to send a message to the military-industrial complex: Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.
With the money we save, we can start to put the world back together again.
Visit National Priorities Project: NationalPriorities.org to learn more and get involved.
—Submitted by Adele Reynolds, for PlymouthPeace Action Group
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