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Congress Packs Holiday Gifts for Pentagon Contractors In Omnibus Spending Bill

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December 18, 2015

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Drew Proctor, Advocacy Director
drew@winwithoutwar.org

Congress Packs Holiday Gifts for Pentagon Contractors In Omnibus Spending Bill
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The Win Without War coalition blasted Congress today for using the Omnibus spending package to shower Pentagon contractors with holiday gifts that waste billions and make the nation less safe.  “While Congress had the good sense to backtrack on its attempt to stop desperate refugees from Syria or Iraq from entering the US, it couldn’t resist larding up the Omnibus spending bill with pork barrel gifts to its favorite lobbyists and contributors,” said Drew Proctor, Advocacy Director for Win Without War.  “Even worse, it handed ISIS a propaganda bonanza by forcing the Obama administration to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open.”

“Unfortunately for constituents who are struggling to pay bills at home, Congress couldn’t resist filling Pentagon contractors stockings with billions in wasteful spending, including $1.3 billion for the F-35, while pouring even more tax dollars into the Pentagon’s slush fund. Once again, Congress is ending the year with gifts for rich Pentagon contractors and Congressional campaign contributors by using the federal government’s credit card that US taxpayers will be forced to pay.”

“The more things change, the more they stay the same in Washington.”  

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Win Without War is a coalition of national organizations with diverse constituencies totaling over 11 million members. Our members oppose the continued U.S. war in Afghanistan, wasteful spending at the Pentagon, and the over-militarization of America’s foreign policy. We seek national security policies that both meet challenges of the 21st century and are consistent with our nation’s highest values.

For more information, visit www.winwithoutwar.org

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