A diverse coalition of more than 30 progressive advocacy groups on Tuesday condemned the bipartisan, $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act as a “blank check” to the military-industrial complex that does nothing to restrain President Donald Trump’s reckless foreign policy.
“Further inflating the Pentagon’s overstuffed coffers does not make us safer—it perpetuates a system that treats military intervention as the solution to all world problems.” —coalition
With a House vote on the proposed NDAA expected as early as Wednesday, the groups urged lawmakers to vote against the measure.
“The NDAA is a massive blank check,” said the coalition, which includes Win Without War, MoveOn, and CodePink.
“The authorization of $738 billion is obscene,” the groups added. “Further inflating the Pentagon’s overstuffed coffers does not make us safer—it perpetuates a system that treats military intervention as the solution to all world problems. Meanwhile, every dollar spent by the Pentagon is a dollar not spent on education, healthcare, or climate. When critics attack social spending by asking ‘how will you pay for it?’ this will be our answer.”
Bipartisan House and Senate negotiations over the 2020 NDAA stripped out nearly every provision progressives fought to include.
The final product increases the Pentagon’s budget by $22 billion and gives Trump his long-sought “Space Force” while doing nothing to end U.S. complicity in Yemen, reverse Trump’s transgender military ban, or prevent a war with Iran.
“The results of negotiations for the final text of the NDAA are disastrous,” the coalition said. “The FY2020 NDAA conference report has been so severely stripped of vital House-passed provisions essential to keeping the current administration in check that it no longer represents a compromise, but a near complete capitulation.”
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