Votes this week to reduce Pentagon spending

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.

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