Yesterday, a House of Representatives panel approved a $37.5 billion military budget increase from last year’s budget.
This decision leaves progressive lawmakers and activists angered, especially as U.S. troops exit Afghanistan.
“Today, the House Armed Services Committee voted to put arms dealer profits before the needs of everyday people. Let’s not mince words: Every congressperson who voted for this should be ashamed,” says Win Without War senior Washington director Erica Fein.
According to Common Dreams, the NDAA amendment would add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s $753 billion topline military spending request for the next fiscal year—at a time when progressives are calling for bold investment in urgent human needs.
“A day after the United States withdrew from one of the most costly wars in history, the absolute LAST thing congressional representatives should be doing is increasing the Pentagon budget,” says CodePink national co-director Carley Towne.