| The budget President Trump proposed to Congress for 2020 included $718 billion for the U.S. military, not counting "Homeland Security," nuclear weapons in the "Energy" Department, or the military expenses of other departments and agencies, totaling well over 60% of federal discretionary spending for wars and preparations for more wars.1
Congress is about to vote on a bill to give the Pentagon even more than Trump proposed: $738 billion. And, while corporate media outlets are conspicuously not shouting "But how are you going to pay for it?" the trade-offs couldn't be more stark. Tiny fractions of this funding could end starvation or the lack of clean water globally. A bit larger fraction could begin to address the real danger of climate collapse -- a danger significantly exacerbated by militarism.2
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Not only is this bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a disaster, but virtually all of the positive measures that were in the version passed by the House have now been stripped out by a Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions.3
The House version of the bill, passed earlier this year, contained the following measures now entirely removed (this is a very partial list):
The House seems to have compromised with the Senate by surrendering virtually across the board.
- repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- prohibition of military force in or against Iran.
- prohibition of giving support to or participating in the war on Yemen.
- prohibition of funding for missiles noncompliant with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
- support for extending the New START Treaty.
- requirement that the U.S. military provide Congress with the national security benefits of every foreign military base or foreign military operation.
- requirement for the EPA to designate all PFAS (chemicals with which military bases poison ground water) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.
This bill is unacceptable. It makes the chances of more wars and of nuclear war greater.
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1. World BEYOND War: "Ask U.S. Presidential Candidates to Produce Basic Federal Budgets"
2. World BEYOND War: "We Need $2 Trillion/Year for Other Things"
3. Final Version of the Bill
4. David Swanson: "Military Bill Amended for the Better: This Pig Has Really, Really Good Lipstick"
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