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40 Groups to Congress: Withdrawing from Afghanistan Means Lowering the Pentagon Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public Citizen and thirty-nine other groups sent a letter to leadership of defense appropriations subcommittees this morning calling for a lower Pentagon budget for FY22 in light of the recent announcement that the U.S. will be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

“Estimates indicate that at least $20 billion and perhaps as much as $50 billion will be freed up by withdrawing troops from Afghanistan,” the groups write. “We are dismayed that the administration’s initial budget blueprint to Congress did not reflect a corresponding reduction in war funds, and instead included a gargantuan request of $753 billion for the Pentagon and affiliated spending.”

The letter signers include national grassroots, oversight, environmental, faith, national security, and good governance groups.

Read the full letter here and find additional commentary from signatories here.