1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice, Environment & Energy, Peacebuilding, U.S. Wars & Militarism

Tell Congress: Militarism Is Not Our Priority

By Diane Randall, March 16, 2017

President Donald Trump today proposed a budget that would diminish government by cutting programs that serve people in every community while pouring tens of billions of dollars into the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

The president’s budget will hurt people throughout our country and the world and make our communities less safe. Instead, this budget favors militaristic foreign and domestic policies that feed insecurity and fear.

Members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, say they will reject this budget. But Congress needs to do more than simply reject the numbers the president has put on paper; it needs to invest in the programs that support our communities every day.

This is another move in the administration’s efforts to radically reshape our government’s role. Our elected officials need to speak out. Urge your members of Congress to oppose this budget and its cuts to programs that promote true security -- through diplomacy, development, health care, education, environmental protection, and other efforts that create strong and safe communities.

In particular, urge your members of Congress to:

  • Reject a $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending. The U.S. already spends $600 billion a year on the Pentagon – as much as the next 7 countries combined. After 15 years of failed war strategies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now expanding into Syria, will more of the same produce a different result?
  • Reject a 29% cut to diplomacy, development, and peacebuilding. These proven programs prevent violence before it breaks out help to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world.
  • Reject a 31% cut to the EPA, which would be catastrophic for the climate, public health, and vulnerable communities. The president’s budget decimates programs that support scientific research on climate change and protect clean air, water, and land.
  • Reject a 13% cut in housing support and assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that more than 200,000 seniors, families, and people with disabilities would be at immediate risk of evictions and homelessness under this proposal.

This budget prioritizes military might over safe, secure, and healthy communities and people. But the president doesn’t have the final say. Congress makes the ultimate decisions about where the federal government spends its money. Your members of Congress need to hear from you.

Update Proposed Budget Cuts Harmful to Communities and Our Climate 

We are deeply alarmed at the indiscriminate and shortsighted proposed cuts to funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are reported to be in President Trump’s budget proposal. These cuts would be catastrophic for the climate, God’s creation, and vulnerable communities.

Update President Trump’s budget funds war not security 

Cutting diplomacy and development will damage global security and American leadership aboard. Now is actually the time to increase investments in the prevention of violent conflict, atrocities, and genocide.

Update Congress: Choices on Immigration Supplemental Are Clear 

President Trump’s recently released budget proposal includes a $3 billion supplemental funding request for the Department of Homeland Security for current fiscal year 2017. This supplemental money would begin fulfilling the January 25 immigration executive orders to create a deportation force, expand detention, and further militarize border communities.

Diane Randall

  • General Secretary

Diane Randall is the General Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.