6/14: Speak Up Now! $638 billion for Pentagon? "No Way"! (UFPJ)




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6/14: Speak Up Now! $638 billion for Pentagon? "No Way"! Please Forward Quickly

The House of Representatives is poised to vote this week on HR 1960, FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, containing another $638 billion for the Pentagon (including $85.8 billion for the "winding down" war in Afghanistan). Isn't this just the usual bad bill, we challenge every year? No it’s much worse!

Here's why: By breaking through the sequester limits on the military, the House leadership aims to double the cuts on domestic discretionary spending. Across the country states and cities are already struggling with painful reductions in unemployment benefits, meals for the elderly, public housing, job training and Head Start. This bill compounds the damage.

Can we count on President Obama to veto this legislation, as he warned yesterday? Not if past experience is any guide.

Elected Representatives need to hear from us today !
Call Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Let them know that you are opposed to spending $638 billion for unnecessary wars, nuclear weapons and other wasteful weapons systems.

And that you support amendments which will:

  • Bring troops home from Afghanistan
  • Close Guantanamo
  • Repeal the AUMF (2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force) now used to justify attacks by drones in multiple countries
  • Prevent a new war with Iran and Syria

Urge your member of Congress to vote "No" on the 2014 Defense Authorization bill (HR 1960) and to restore the funding for urgently needed domestic programs. To find out your Congressional Representative click here.

Gael Murphy and Rusti Eisenberg
co-conveners of UFPJ, Legislative Working Group

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