To Shift Funds From ‘Endless Wars’ to ‘Human Needs,’ Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion | Common Dreams News

With the Senate preparing to vote on an annual defense policy bill calling for $740.5 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2021, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday delivered a floor speech in support of his new amendment aiming to cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10%—around $74 billion—and devote those resources to funding healthcare, housing, jobs, and education in impoverished U.S. communities. “At this pivotal moment in American history, we have to make a fundamental decision,” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “Do we want to spend billions more on endless wars in the Middle East, or do we want to provide decent jobs to millions of unemployed Americans here at home? Do we want to spend more money on nuclear weapons or do we want to invest in decent jobs and childcare and healthcare for the American people most in need?”

To Shift Funds From ‘Endless Wars’ to ‘Human Needs,’ Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion | Common Dreams News