By the middle of this week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a budget bill that further increases military spending, rather than moving funding to human and environmental needs.
Click here to tell your Representative to approve only budgets that move money away from the military to where it is needed.
Polls have shown for decades that the U.S. public favors reducing military spending. Numerous U.S. cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have repeatedly urged Congress to move money from militarism to human and environmental needs. But, year after year, Congress and the President have done just the opposite.
This trend has now reached extreme levels, with the Pentagon, "Homeland Security," and nuclear weapons in the "Energy" Department amounting to 63 percent of discretionary spending in Trump's 2020 budget request.
Trump wants to increase this year's already-bloated, record-breaking $716 billion Pentagon budget to $750 billion for next year, including $165 billion off-the-books.
In the Democratic-run House, the Budget Committee has just sent to the full House a bill that would hand over $733 billion to the Pentagon, and spend some $650 billion for everything else.
Click here to tell your Representative to vote No on such a budget.
Non-military spending is at a historic low relative to the size of the U.S. economy, at just 2.9 percent. This is unacceptable. The United States and the earth are in desperate need of useful investment in green energy, education, infrastructure, healthcare, housing, food, and clean water. We urgently need to move hundreds of billions out of the military and into a Green New Deal.
Tell Congress that spending on war and war preparations is taking away too much by clicking here.
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