60+ Women State Legislators call on Congress to Invest in the American People over Weapons and War

Updated: Sep 9

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a program of Women’s Action for New Directions, sent a letter to the U.S Congress calling for a 10 percent cut to the Pentagon budget, a pause in funding for nuclear weapons systems upgrades, and terminating wasteful defense contracts that finance redundant construction projects and produce surplus military equipment and weapons. The letter was signed by 61 state legislators from 31 states.

Rikkia Ramsey, WiLL Director, released the following statement:

“Time and again, we see that women legislators put more funds back into their districts and champion social programs that benefit local communities. They know that all the tanks, faulty F35s, and nuclear weapons in the world won’t keep their districts safe from COVID19, put food on the table, help them pay rent, or find a job with a livable wage. These are the things that everyday Americans care about. So, Congress should too.”

Ohio Representative Catherine Ingram

“The best defense for our country is creating good educational opportunities, affordable housing, and incarceration restructuring and reform for Ohioans of all income levels, especially those at the lowest. We must not lose sight of the real-world defense our country needs.”

Rhode Island Senator Meghan Kallman

"Housing is a human right. As eviction moratoriums expire, too many Rhode Islanders will be on the brink of homelessness. Compounded with urban warming, it is a recipe for disaster. We need affordable housing and green jobs to create safe and stable communities in Rhode Island.”

Hawaii Representative Amy Perusso

"Making smart reductions to the Pentagon budget now will help make the lives of Hawaii community members safer in the long run. Hawai’i has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic, and we are asking Congress to focus on creating jobs, improving infrastructure, building good education for all students, and addressing climate change—not funding new, unnecessary weapons."

Montana Representative Andrea Olsen

“A strong economy paired with economically secure people is what creates a strong nation. And a strong nation is not easily attacked. To truly secure the American people, Congress must commit to enacting policy that works towards economic justice for all.”