House votes to freeze Pentagon spending at last year’s level

July 20, 2012

Last evening the House of Representatives voted to freeze Pentagon spending at last year’s level, approving an amendment to the defense appropriations bill co-sponsored by Rep. Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Rep. Frank (D-Mass.). The vote is significant in that it showed a willingness by Members of Congress to consider cuts to the military, something that has been hotly debated in the deficit reduction discussions. The Mulvaney-Frank amendment cut $1.1 billion from the House proposal.

Unfortunately, several other amendments which would have made even more significant cuts, were voted down. Even with the Mulvaney-Frank trim, the Pentagon budget is still $6 billion over the caps allowed in last year’s Budget Control Act. A vote to bring the funding levels in line with the caps failed 243-171. Another amendment, to cut $19.2 billion, failed 326-87.

To view how your representative voted on these amendments, click here:

Read more about MCC’s work on military spending.


Votes this week to reduce Pentagon spending

July 17, 2012

A U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Ashleigh S. Teitel (Released)

The House is scheduled to take up the Fiscal Year 2013 defense appropriations bill this week. Contact your House member today to urge him/her to support amendments that will reduce Pentagon spending.

The defense bill provides $519.2 billion for the Pentagon’s “base budget,” an increase of $1.1 billion over last year, as well as $88.5 billion in war funding, primarily for Afghanistan. It is unconscionable that Congress is proposing an increase to the Pentagon’s base budget at a time when poverty programs are facing significant cuts.

Many amendments will be offered to the bill, including several to reduce the overall level of funding. Read more and urge your representative to support these amendments.

Worship resources on domestic violence for Peace Sunday, September 18

September 14, 2011

“May our church be a safe place…”

Worship resources for Peace Sunday, September 18, are online. The resources focus on domestic violence and include a church pledge, “Promoting peace at home,” as well as a bulletin insert.


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