E-News: Will the Pentagon Pay Its Fair Share?
Votes in Congress this Week
As early as today, your representative may vote on legislation that could cut the Pentagon budget – the last chance they may have before the elections to take a stand on this issue, reports FCNL's Matt Southworth.
Take action by calling your representative’s office about the amendments we expect to be offered on this bill. Look up your representative’s number.
Some people think there’s not room to trim the Pentagon budget. But it’s a matter of making choices.
Your messages to Congress are having an impact. Last week the former Supercommittee chair and Senate Budget Committee member criticized the blinkered focus in Congress on how budget cuts would affect Pentagon spending while ignoring the devastating impact on social services. FCNL Field Committee clerk Tom Ewell’s letter to the editor, published on July 13 in response to this announcement, praised this focus on what would happen if social services face additional cuts.
Are you looking for ways to talk about Pentagon budget cuts with your members of Congress or your neighbors? You can share a copy of these kinds of news stories to help start the conversation.
- Two Very Troubled Fighter Jets (The New York Times editorial, 7/14)
Problems with two major weapons systems, the F-35 and the F-22, show the waste and dysfunction in the Pentagon procurement system.
- The Guerilla Warfare of Pentagon Contractors (Ben Freeman, Huffington Post, 7/2)
Contractors, in their relentless campaign to avoid reductions in Pentagon spending and, consequently, the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars they receive every year, have started taking hostages -- their own employees.
- Gunpoint Stimulus (Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, Max Hoffman, Foreign Policy, 7/2)
Contractors are trying to frighten us into believing that Pentagon budget cuts will destroy the economy. These authors say it’s bogus.
FCNL supporter and Tony-award winning actress Judith Light visited the FCNL office this week with her husband Robert Desiderio and her managers Herb Hamsher and Jonathan Stoller. After meeting with Diane Randall, Judith shared her brief impressions of FCNL with her twitter followers.