Despite the Pentagon only being able to account for 39% of its $3.5 TRILLION assets last year, Congress is on deck to rubber stamp an $886 BILLION weapons and war budget for 2024.
It’s just another example of a broken status quo in which financial discipline is abandoned, and runaway Pentagon spending has become the norm. While infrastructure crumbles, people fall through the healthcare system’s gap, and students struggle to get a quality education, HUNDREDS of BILLIONS are funneled into the Pentagon time and time again.
But it turns out that every year, as the federal budget gets finalized, the Pentagon quietly comes back for even MORE. Congressionally required unfunded priorities lists (UPLs) — wish lists — have become an informal channel where Congress can redirect BILLIONS more dollars of critical government resources toward weapons and war, and away from our communities.
This year’s UPL is already adding up to over $16 BILLION — and it’s time to shut down this money grab. Congress could keep requiring these weapons wish lists, OR it could work to pass a new bipartisan bill, the Streamline Pentagon Budgeting Act, introduced by Reps. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) to repeal the requirement altogether.
What they choose to do is up to us: Show Congress that you demand transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility. Become a grassroots co-signer of the Streamline Pentagon Budgeting Act now!