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Senate Adding $45 Billion to the $800 Billion Pentagon Budget Request Is Outrageous

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee today voted behind closed doors to add $45 billion in additional Pentagon spending to the defense topline for FY 23. 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:

“The Senate Armed Services Committee’s choice to defy both the president and public opinion and flood the Pentagon with more money is outrageous. Time and again, Congress funnels billions in additional funds to costly weapons programs, war, and defense contractors, while claiming that human needs would ‘cost too much.’ Most Americans oppose efforts to rocket-launch military spending towards a trillion dollars per year. Lawmakers should reject this and champion human-centered spending instead.”