A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
While other areas in the discretionary budget have faced extreme austerity, for years, the Pentagon has relied on the OCO account to circumvent cuts in its base budget and fund non-war-related items. It’s time to put an end to the budget gimmicking and urge Congress to budget in a way that serves the nation’s actual needs.
In negotiations, the most important offer is often the first; it's the baseline for every other proposal. The president's budget request, released every year at the beginning of February, is that opening offer. It won't become law -- legislation has to come from Congress -- but it sets the tone for budget negotiations this year.
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Pentagon Spending Still Too High
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Militarization has permeated our society, skewing our national budget toward support for the military and its attendant industries and forcing our local economies increasingly to depend on them. Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide more security. Military expansion provokes fear, resentment and potential retaliation."