FCNL-Runaway Military Budget

The Council For A Livable World gave the following Senators ratings for their votes on national security issues:

AZ: McCain 25% Kyl 0% AR Lincoln 83% Pryor 63$ CA Boxer 91% Feinstein 83% CO Salazar 75% Allard 0% CT Dodd 83% Lieberman 33% DE Biden 75% Carper 75% FL Nelson 50% Martinez 8% IL Obama 83% Durbin 91% IN Bayh 50% Lugar 33% IA Grassley 8% Harkin 100% ME Snowe 16% Collins 25% MD Mikulski 75% Sarbanes75% MA Kennedy 100% Kerry 75% MI Levin 66% Stabenow 75% MN Dayton 66% Coleman 16% MO Bond 16% Baucus 58% NJ Lautenberg 83% Corzine 67% Menendez 83% NM Bingaman 91% Domenici 8% NY Schumer 75% Clinton 75% NC Dole 0% Burr 8% OH Voinovich 33% DeWine 16% OR Smith 25% Wyden 83% PA Specter 83% Santorum 50% TX Conryn 0% Bailey Hutchison 16% VT Jeffords 91% Leahy 100% Wi Kohl 66% Feingold 91%

Members of Congress from both major political parties have finally found an issue they agree on. Unfortunately, that issue is the need to spend more money on the military.

Right now, as part of budget proposals for 2008 and supplemental appropriations for 2007, nearly a trillion dollars is on the table to pay for current military operations and past wars:

Members of Congress aren't shocked. Members on both sides of the aisle are entertaining proposals to increase those numbers to something truly impressive.

The desire among members of Congress to "support the troops" can't explain why this bloated budget is necessary. Medical facilities like Walter Reed Army hospital, stretched to the limits to care for soldiers injured in the Iraq war, cannot get the resources they need to keep up with burgeoning demand. Instead, about one-third of the military budget proposed for 2008 would support next-generation weapons and transport systems that have nothing to do with the troops on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan. This budget subsidizes defense-industry companies here in the U.S. that are making record-breaking profits.

This runaway military budget comes at the expense of investing in programs to feed the hungry, allowing low-income parents to work by giving them access to safe and affordable child care, and addressing looming challenges such as climate change and health care. These kinds of investments, not more money for waging wars, would provide true human security.

**Take Action: Contact your representative and senators today. Urge them to reduce military spending by at least $60 billion this year to make room for investments in real human security:

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