Coalition on Human Needs – The Senate is about to debate two spending bills together: one covers the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; the other, Pentagon spending. Labor-HHS-Ed does not get a fair share of an increase Congress recently enacted, leaving many programs far below their funding in 2010. But Pentagon spending is up 10 percent in the last two years alone. Too much Pentagon spending is wasteful – the Defense Business Board found that trimming the Pentagon bureaucracy alone could save $125 billion over 5 years.
This is all about holding your Senators accountable for making good choices. We need to invest in education, from preschool to college. Workers need training for good jobs. Children must be protected – and that includes children torn from their parents at the border. Tell your Senators to stop wasting billions of dollars on Pentagon bureaucracy, flawed jets and ships we don’t need and to increase funds for education, job training, child care, and health coverage. The Senate could start its debate around August 15. We don’t need a bloated Pentagon with hundreds of billions wasted on bureaucracy and malfunctioning military hardware.