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President Biden is proposing a level of Pentagon spending so close to the amount during Trump’s last year in office that Bloomberg calls it a 0.4% reduction adjusting for inflation while Politico calls it a 1.5% increase and “effectively an inflation-adjusted budget boost.”

The U.S. public, according to polling, would reduce military spending if democracy prevailed.

Dozens of Congress Members say they favor moving funding from militarism to human and environmental needs. But we need more than words about preferences. We need public commitments to vote against any bill that fails to reduce military spending.

It's time that we urged people in positions of power to exercise power. A relatively small number of House Members can potentially block passage of a bill, and any bill not passed by the House cannot be made law via the Senate.

Click here to quickly email your Representative to ask them to publicly commit to voting against any bill that funds militarism at over 90% of its current level.


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U.S. military spending is $1.25 trillion per year across numerous departments. Even just taking the more than $700 billion that goes to the Pentagon, U.S. military spending has been climbing for years, including during the Trump years, and is the equivalent of many of the world’s top military spenders combined, most of which are U.S. allies, NATO members, and U.S. weapons customers.

Still using that artificially reduced figure, China is at 37% of it, Russia at 8.9%, and Iran is spending 1.3%. These are, of course, comparisons of absolute amounts. Per capita comparisons are extreme as well. The United States, every year, takes $2,170 from every man, woman, and child for wars and war preparations, while Russia takes $439, China $189, and Iran $114.

“Takes” is the right word. President Eisenhower once admitted it out loud, saying, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

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Background:
>> David Swanson: "Biden's Announcement That Trump Got Military Spending Just Right Is Dead Wrong"
>> SIPRI: Military Expenditure Database
>> David Swanson: "U.S. Spends 11 Times What China Does on Military Per Capita"

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