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$886 Billion for the Pentagon Is Outrageous

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress today passed a compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorized $886 billion for Fiscal Year 2024. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement:

“The U.S. is flying towards a record-breaking trillion dollar budget for warfighting and defense contractors – all while Congress delays critical funding decisions and plans steep cuts to every other agency. Funds continue to flow freely to the military-industrial complex while everyday Americans struggle to meet their needs. 

“Even though the Pentagon just failed its sixth audit this month, it is the only department that is unfailingly rewarded with billions upon billions more every year. Imagine the world we could build if we spent even a fraction of this on health care, reducing child poverty, or investing in climate justice. An $886 billion Pentagon budget should embarrass us all.”