ACTION ALERT: Keep the Pork out of the Pentagon Budget
May 9, 2009
Matt Holland / True Majority
The full Pentagon budget hasn't even been drafted yet. But some members of Congress are already trying to slip billions of dollars of pork-barrel weapons projects into the supplemental budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan. The Air Force doesn't want the C-17, and the Secretary of Defense explicitly asked to *cut* the planes from the budget. The only people who still want the planes are the contractors — and the politicians who accept the money of the weapons-makers lobbiests.
This week, Congress is debating the supplemental funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our friends at True Majority have an important action urging Congress to stop pork barrel funding for C-17 transport planes even the military doesn't think we need. I hope you'll have a look and take action; we have far more important uses for our tax dollars than this.
— Kate Stayman-London, CREDO Action
No one wants these war planes — except Congress.
It's time for a responsible budget.
Tell Congress: Don't waste our tax dollars on pork barrel defense contracts — we have too many desperate needs to put up with shennanigans like this.
Remember when we said last month that this year could be our chance to finally cut Pentagon waste and focus the budget on things we want — like healthcare, education and jobs? Well the real fight over that vision starts today. It's time to get busy.
The full Pentagon budget hasn't even been drafted yet. But some members of Congress are already trying to slip billions of dollars of pork-barrel weapons projects into the supplemental budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Tell Congress not to slip pork-barrel contracts into the Iraq/Afghan funding bill.
We're not happy about the continuing costs of the wars, but what's worse is this attempt to slip in even more money for C-17 transport planes we don't need. The Air Force doesn't want these planes, and the Secretary of Defense explicitly asked to *cut* them from the budget. The only people who still want the planes are the contractors who make money even if the finished planes sit idle, and the members of Congress who get campaign money from the contractors.
This type of thing has been going on for so long, we've forgotten how to be shocked by it, but we need to remember.
This budget is supposed to be about what troops in the field need to keep fighting — and Congress wants to stuff it full of billion-dollar planes we don't need. If we can't stop them now, imagine what it will be like when we actually get to the budget for planes and bombs.
But if we can hold the line, and keep this supplemental vote clear of pork-barrel spending, we've got a chance to change America's priorities for good.
Tell Congress to keep Pentagon pork OUT of the President's supplemental and focus on True Security.
Matt Holland is Online Director for True Majority/US Action
The President and the Secretary of Defense are calling to cut wasteful weapons and invest in things that make us truly strong. But some of your colleagues want to add over $2 billion in funding to the President's supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan.
The extra money is to be used for things we don't need - like C-17 cargo planes Secretary of Defense Gates specifically asked to CUT from the budget.
As your constituent, I ask you to oppose any add-ons that increase the cost of President Obama’s Iraq/Afghan funding bill, and keep future military funding bills clear of pork-barrel spending. We’ve got a chance to change America’s priorities, let's use it.