Pentagon

‘What a Disgrace’: Pentagon Weighing $2.2 Billion in Cuts to Military Healthcare Just After Passage of $740 Billion Budget

Just weeks after both chambers of Congress approved a $740 billion Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2021, Pentagon officials are reportedly pushing for more than $2 billion in cuts to military healthcare over the next five years, potentially threatening the coverage of millions of personnel and their families amid a global pandemic. Politico reported …

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Citing Fears of a Defeated Trump Who Won’t Go Willingly, Warren Calls on Cabinet Officials to End Deployment of Federal Agents Against Protests

Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to leaving office if he is defeated in November as a potential flashpoint for nationwide demonstrations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday sent a letter to four senior Cabinet officials asking them to commit to not deploying any more federal agents to quell domestic protests either before or …

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‘Not One More Pandemic Relief Dollar for the Pentagon’: 75 Groups Slam GOP Effort to Use Covid-19 Funds for Weapons of War

More than 70 progressive anti-war groups are calling on members of Congress to stop the Senate GOP from cramming another $30 billion in Pentagon funding into the next Covid-19 relief bill and instead focus their attention on providing desperately needed financial aid to frontline workers and the unemployed. “We strongly oppose the proposal in the …

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“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”: GOP Under Fire for Slipping $30 Billion Pentagon Gift Into Coronavirus Bill

In a floor speech late Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the GOP’s newly released coronavirus stimulus package as a “carefully tailored” plan to provide financial relief to desperate Americans. But a look at the legislative text (pdf) released by Senate Republicans shows the HEALS Act is replete with massive gifts to the Pentagon …

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Progressives Applaud AOC Proposal to Ban ‘Insidious Practice’ of Military Recruiting in Schools

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday proposed blocking the military from recruiting in schools, describing the practice as a predatory attack on disadvantaged children who already suffer from underfunded resources in their learning environments.  The proposal follows an amendment to the defense spending bill from Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, last week that would ban military …

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Day After Voting Down 10% Pentagon Cut, 37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

Hours after the Republican Party released a coronavirus relief proposal including $0 for election assistance funding and no additional funding for cities and states as the country continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, allocating $740.5 billion to the Pentagon.   The annual military budget bill was passed with …

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Top VP Contenders Diverge as Warren Votes ‘Yes’ and Harris Votes ‘No’ on Slashing Pentagon Budget to Fund Health and Education

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, two leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nomination, voted opposite ways Wednesday on an amendment to slash the Pentagon budget by 10% and invest the savings in healthcare, housing, and education in impoverished U.S. communities. Warren, a co-sponsor of the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act …

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“The Fight Isn’t Over,” Say Anti-War Groups as 139 House Democrats Vote With GOP to Reject 10% Pentagon Budget Cut

Anti-war groups vowed to keep fighting to slash the bloated Pentagon budget after the House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a proposal to cut U.S. military spending by 10% and invest the savings in housing, healthcare, and education in poor communities. The final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment sponsored by Reps. …

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‘Choose People Over Pentagon’: Americans Urged to Call Lawmakers as Congress Set to Vote on 10% Military Budget Cut

With the House and Senate both expected to vote Tuesday on a popular proposal to cut the U.S. military budget by 10% and invest the savings in programs to help impoverished communities, anti-war advocacy groups urged Americans to immediately call their representatives and demand they choose “people over Pentagon” by voting yes. The amendment to …

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As Schumer Endorses Sanders Proposal to Slash Pentagon Budget by 10%, Other Senate Democrats Urged to Follow Suit

A proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders to slash the Pentagon budget by $74 billion gained a boost last Friday after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his support for the amendment, potentially giving the measure needed momentum in the Democratic caucus a week before it is scheduled to receive a floor vote. “Proud I fought …

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Congress Urged to Repeal Program That Transfers ‘Weapons of War’ to Local Police

More than 90 progressive advocacy groups are calling on Congress to repeal a decades-old Pentagon program that facilitates the transfer of surplus military equipment to local police departments, a demand that gained steam in the wake of law enforcement’s militaristic crackdown on nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. In a letter (pdf) to …

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Sanders Files Amendments to Force Pentagon to Pass Clean Audit, Require Mass-Production of Free Masks for All

Sen. Bernie Sanders late Tuesday filed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act aiming to force the Pentagon to pass an independent audit, require the federal government to mass-produce and deliver free masks to everyone in the U.S., and bar funding for the Saudi-led assault on Yemen. The amendments came in addition …

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60+ Groups Demand Senate Pass Sanders Amendment to Slash ‘Out of Control’ Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

More than 60 progressive advocacy groups representing millions of members across the U.S. are pressuring senators to pass an amendment led by Sen. Bernie Sanders that would cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10% and redirect the $74 billion in savings toward funding healthcare, education, jobs, and housing in impoverished and neglected communities. “Our militarism …

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To Shift Funds From ‘Endless Wars’ to ‘Human Needs,’ Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

With the Senate preparing to vote on an annual defense policy bill calling for $740.5 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2021, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday delivered a floor speech in support of his new amendment aiming to cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10%—around $74 billion—and devote those resources to funding healthcare, …

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Time to ‘Reinvest in People’ and ‘Cut Weapons of War’: Barbara Lee Unveils Plan to Cut Up to $350 Billion From Pentagon

Demanding that Congress “prioritize our safety and our future, not more war,” Rep. Barbara Lee on Monday unveiled a resolution proposing up to $350 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget by closing U.S. military bases overseas, ending ongoing conflicts, scrapping weapons programs, and eliminating President Donald Trump’s Space Force. “Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending …

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‘More Testing, Not More Bombs’: 29 House Democrats Demand Cuts to Pentagon Budget Amid Pandemic

A group of 29 House Democrats said Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic shows the nation needs “more testing, not more bombs” as they demanded the leadership of the House Armed Services Committee cut Pentagon spending in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Democrats’ demand comes in a letter spearheaded by Congressional Progressive Caucus …

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‘Obvious Our President Is Beyond Incompetent’: Chorus of Ridicule After Trump Brags of New ‘Super-Duper Missile’

President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon said the U.S. military is developing a “super duper missile” that can go 17 times faster than any existing rocket, earning him ridicule from critics. “We have, I call it, the super duper missile,” said Trump. “And I heard the other night—17 times faster than what they have right …

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‘No Warming, No War’: Report Details How US Militarism and Climate Crisis Are Deeply Interwoven

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