WAND urges investigation of the DOD's misuse of $1B in CARES Act

WAND joined Win Without War, Project on Government Oversight, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and 39 other groups, to call for an investigation into COVID19 relief funding going to military contractors “mostly for projects that have little to do with the coronavirus response.”


The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Chair, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

2157 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


The Honorable Steve Scalise

Ranking Member, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

2157 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chair Clyburn, Ranking Member Scalise, and Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis:


On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing concerned citizens and advocates across the country, we urge you to investigate the Pentagon’s misuse of $1 billion in CARES Act funding intended for responding to the coronavirus crisis. We also ask that you determine whether Congress should pass a rescission bill to suspend the Pentagon’s spending authority for this $1 billion fund. We believe the Pentagon’s decision-making with these funds, as recently reported, violates Congressional intent at minimum, and represents a significant breach of trust with the taxpayers who fund the military’s budget and its emergency spending.


A recent report in The Washington Post indicates that taxpayer dollars intended for the prevention, preparation for, and response to the coronavirus at the Department of Defense (DoD) were instead directed to defense contractors, “mostly for projects that have little to do with the coronavirus response.” This includes:


  • $183 million to contractors “to maintain the shipbuilding industry”;

  • $80 million to an “aircraft parts business suffering from the Boeing 737 Max grounding”;

  • $25 million to a firm that also “received between $5 million and $10 million” from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP);

  • $3 million to a firm that also received between $150,000 and $350,000 from the PPP; and

  • “$2 million for a domestic manufacturer of Army dress uniform fabric.”