Lee, Jayapal, AOC Introduce Bill to Move $350 Billion from Militarism to Human Needs

Here’s the text of a new bill in Congress: PDF.

Here’s a petition from Code Pink promoting it.

Needless to say, this is the best bill introduced into Congress in decades.

Here’s the ending:

“Congress supports moves to reduce the priority given to war in our foreign policy and our current war-based national economy by using significant cuts, up to $350,000,000,000 as detailed above, from current budget plans, while using the funds to increase our diplomatic capacity and for domestic programs that will keep our Nation and our people safer.”

The details above in the text of the bill include:

(1) eliminating the Overseas Contingency Operations account and saving $68,800,000,000;

(2) closing 60 percent of foreign bases and saving $90,000,000,000;

(3) ending wars and war funding and saving $66,000,000,000;

(4) cutting unnecessary weapons that are obsolete, excessive, and dangerous and saving $57,900,000,000;

(5) cutting military overhead by 15 percent and saving $38,000,000,000;

(6) cutting private service contracting by 15 percent and saving $26,000,000,000;

(7) eliminating the proposal for the Space Force and saving $2,600,000,000;

(8) ending use-it-or-lose-it contract spending and saving $18,000,000,000;

(9) freezing operations and maintenance budget levels and saving $6,000,000,000; and

(10) reducing United States presence in Afghanistan by half and saving $23,150,000,000.

The big deal is what’s unstated, namely the world of good that could be done with this level of annual funding — good that will save more lives and spare more suffering by far than what is produced by the wars. Of course, moving it out of militarism will spare us some of the wars as well.

 

2 Replies to “Lee, Jayapal, AOC Introduce Bill to Move $350 Billion from Militarism to Human Needs”

  1. Long overdue. Their should be no such thing as a “general funding” that is used to start wars. A designated budget for each item should be used with line by line veto power. Less military spending will make us safer. An alternative global security system already exists due to the tremendous efforts of World Beyond War. Stop enslaving the American people who are forced to pay taxes to the war machine against their will. Tax payers should be allowed to designate where their money should be spent for health, education, the reduction of poverty or other life affirming activities. The Empire is finished.

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