Ask your representatives to support the People Over Pentagon Act (H.R.1134) led by U.S. House Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.). The People Over Pentagon Act would cut $100 billion from the three-quarters-of-a-trillion dollar Pentagon budget, reducing waste and encouraging lawmakers to spend this funding on the true needs of their constituents instead.
Proponents of the bill argue that reallocating $100 billion away from the Pentagon is an essential first step towards realigning our national spending priorities.
Researchers at the National Priorities Project have noted that $100 billion used elsewhere could pay for:
- Powering every household in the United States with solar energy
- Hiring one million elementary school teachers amid a worsening teacher shortage
- Free tuition for 2 out of 3 public college students in the U.S.
- Sending every household in the U.S. a $700 check to help offset effects of inflation
It’s time to stop misdirecting hundreds of billions of dollars away from domestic and human needs to pad unnecessary budget lines for endless wars, failed weapons, and the Pentagon’s corporate handouts. Doing so will make our country stronger and more just.
The legislation calls on Congress to “support 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.”
Representatives Schakowsky (IL-9), Huffman (CA-2), Omar (MN-5) DeSaulnier (CA-11) have already co-sponsored this important legislation. If you don’t see your representative above, make sure you reach out to them asking them to co-sponsor this legislation! Use our tool below to email them instantly.
If you don’t see your representative above, make sure you reach out to them asking them to co-sponsor this legislation! Use our tool below to email them instantly.