FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 9, 2016
Drew Proctor, Advocacy Director
Coalition Blasts Pentagon’s 2017 Budget Proposal
Calls on Congress to Reject Budget Packed with
Money for Pet Projects and Contractors
The Win Without War Coalition blasted the Obama administration’s proposed $583 billion Department of Defense budget for failing to rein in wasteful programs while continuing to line the pockets of Defense contractors with a return on their lobbying investment.
“The budget released today represents a bonanza for Defense contractor CEOs and another shakedown of American families who are struggling to make ends meet” said Drew Proctor, Advocacy Director for Win Without War. “From the Pentagon’s OCO slush fund to the F-35 boondoggle, this budget is about more waste and less security for the American people.”
“This budget explains why defense contractors spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying. Politics as usual is paying big dividends for contractors whose lavish and wasteful defense projects have nothing to do with national security and everything to do with their corporate bottom line. The amount of money spent on just three unmanned surveillance planes – $1.6 billion – could repair Flint, Michigan’s water infrastructure.”
“We urge Members of Congress – including those who claim to care about fiscal responsibility – to re-write this budget. It is time to put the interests of hardworking Americans ahead of politics as usual.”
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