U.S. Wars & Militarism

Cory Bush / U.S. Department of Defense

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Since September 11, Congress has largely ceded its constitutional authority to determine when and where the U.S. goes to war, and three different presidents have expanded our country’s military presence around the world. The result has been a ballooning military budget, torture, compromises on civil and religious liberties and rising Islamophobia. Help FCNL change these policies.


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Update Progress Seems Impossible, Until It Isn’t 

Despite setbacks in the House and Senate FY21 defense authorization bill or NDAA, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Sometimes the mountain before us seems unscalable. But we persist in climbing it, and one day, we find ourselves at the peak.

Update Military Spending Continues to Spiral Out of Control Despite Progressive Efforts 

Early in 2017, in the first months of the Trump administration, Congress increased Pentagon spending by $15 billion over the levels of the outgoing Obama administration. The total—$634 billion— was more in inflation-adjusted terms than the United States spent at the height of the Vietnam War.

Update Three Wins in the House for Congressional War Powers 

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee took three important steps towards ending our endless wars and preventing a new war with Iran.

Legislative Ask Reduce Pentagon Spending 

As the country struggles with a pandemic and a devastating economic downturn, Congress is moving to fund the Pentagon and defense contractors as if nothing has changed. The United States is poised to spend $741 billion on the Pentagon and nuclear weapons in fiscal year 2021.

Update Don’t Let Congress Stick Its Head in the Sand on Pentagon Spending 

There are some things that can’t be put back in the box. And others that shouldn’t.

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