$37 Billion More for the Pentagon Short-Changes the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Armed Services Committee today voted to add $37 billion in additional Pentagon spending to the defense topline for FY 23, following last week’s Senate Armed Services Committee vote to increase the topline amount by $45 billion. This amount was not requested by the Biden administration or U.S. Department of Defense officials. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement:

“Today members of the House Armed Services Committee put the demands of the military-industrial complex over the needs of the American people yet again. Granting $37 billion to a war machine that can’t even pass an audit while saying that we ‘can’t afford’ what American families and communities need is quintessential hypocrisy. Congress can still correct this misstep – rerouting that funding into investments like economic stability, climate justice, and affordable health care for all Americans instead.”