Ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the People Over Pentagon Act February 23, 2023

Tell Your Representative to Support the People Over Pentagon Act: Introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee & Rep. Mark Pocan, this bill would cut $100 billion from the Pentagon Budget

On February 22, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA) and Mark Pocan (WI) re-introduced the People Over Pentagon Act (H.R. 1134) in the House of Representatives. PSR is a proud supporter of this legislation, and firmly believes that a $100 billion reduction in military spending is the minimum we must cut if we are to transform our society from a permanent war economy to a sustainable economy of community care.

The National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last December is the largest Pentagon budget ever, at $858 billion, an $80 billion increase over what was authorized in 2021. The USA spends more on its military than the next 9 countries combined. No nation can afford this!

Upon introducing the bill, Rep. Lee said “Cutting just $100 billion could do so much good: it could power every household in the U.S. with solar energy; hire 1 million elementary school teachers amid a worsening teacher shortage; provide free tuition for 2 out of 3 public college students; or cover medical care for 7 million veterans.”

Over half of the military budget goes directly to for-profit corporations and their executives. According to Rep. Pocan, “We can no longer afford to put these corporate interests over the needs of the American people. It’s time to invest in our communities and make meaningful change that reflects our nation’s priorities.”

Instead of wasting our taxpayer dollars on endless wars and obscenely expensive weapons—including nuclear weapons—ask your representative to make those public funds available to help people.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the People Over Pentagon Act. Join PSR in demanding access to the resources we, the people, need and deserve to live healthy, sustainable, thriving lives.

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