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Washington Newsletter: Pentagon Spending

May 9, 2017

When we blindly hand over our country’s resources to the Pentagon while starving successful programs that care for our neighbors, the earth, and each other, we have lost sight of our priorities as a country. We also deprive our leaders and our country of the necessary tools to avoid war.

Our collective strength is not a tally of how many wars we win. It is a measure of the free, just, and equitable society we create. The administration’s efforts to add to an already bloated Pentagon budget move us farther away from creating that society. Together, we can stop these dangerous proposals.

Update More Bombs Won't Bring More Peace 

President Donald Trump is proposing massive increases in Pentagon spending. Lamenting that “we never win wars anymore,” the president sought a $30 billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget this year, to be followed by $54 billion more next year. In Congress, leaders on the Armed Services committees have proposed a $100 billion increase for next year.

Background “We Can’t Kill Our Way to Victory” 

The Trump administration may believe that violence and its threat is enough to advance U.S. interests, but few policy experts or military leaders agree. Instead, they argue that an “America first” approach will be more expensive, feed cycles of crisis that allow extremism to thrive, and put U.S. troops in needless danger.

Background Quaker Vision & Collective Action to Rein in Pentagon Spending 

FCNL Advocacy Teams

Advocacy Teams form a powerful network of advocates across the country. This year, we're working to rein in Pentagon spending.

Update Opportunities to Cut Pentagon Spending this Year 

President Trump wants to increase Pentagon spending, but Congress will make the ultimate decision. While Congress is often only too eager to fund military programs — whether or not the Pentagon requests them — members are open to influence from their constituents.

Background A Witness Against War 

John Huyler, a member of Boulder Friends Meeting, shares his journey to Friends and FCNL.