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No new defense funding in infrastructure bill

Defense funding for the Pentagon, which has never passed an audit, is already at an all-time high. Instead of further lining the pockets of defense contractors, we must cut Pentagon dollars from the infrastructure bill and ensure our tax dollars benefit communities suffering from housing insecurity, hunger, and violent racist and patriarchal policymaking.


Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer,

The undersigned 48 advocacy, faith, grassroots, and government oversight organizations are troubled by reports that Members of Congress are considering adding new funding for the Department of Defense to forthcoming infrastructure and recovery legislation. We join 24 Members of Congress led by Representatives Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, and Cori Bush in strongly urging that no new Pentagon funding is included in the Build Back Better agenda.

We are a nation experiencing multiple crises. We are recovering from a year of record unemployment and housing insecurity, reeling from the loss of loved ones, staggering under the weight of multiplying medical and student loan debt, confronting systemic racism and violent white nationalism, and combating the ongoing climate crisis. Militarized spending has not solved these problems, and in many ways has made them worse. Every additional dollar allocated to the Pentagon is another dollar that is not being used to address these urgent challenges, and will not provide the relief our communities desperately need.

There is already a well-established process by which military funding is debated and considered by Congress. Through this process, President Biden has already proposed a sky-high $753 billion for the Pentagon. Defense contractors have already received and misspent COVID relief money, and the Pentagon cannot account for the money it currently receives from taxpayers, having failed all four audits it has conducted in its entire history. It is urgent that Congress focus its efforts to rebuild a U.S. economy fit for the 21st century by increasing opportunities for jobs, healthcare and a green economy, rather than entertaining even a cent more in giveaways to war profiteers and weapons manufacturers, as those dollars are painfully and crucially needed to provide relief to working families of every stripe across the country.

We therefore urge you to ensure that no new Pentagon money is included in the forthcoming infrastructure legislation, and that the bill instead focuses squarely on our communities’ most urgent needs.


National Organizations:


Action Center on Race & the Economy

American Friends Service Committee

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Beyond the Bomb

Brave New Films

Center for International Policy

Center on Conscience and War

Coalition for Human Needs


Common Defense

Council for a Livable World

Demand Progress

Democracy for America

Eisenhower Media Network

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Friends of the Earth US

Jewish Voice for Peace Action

Justice is Global


National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Our Revolution

Pax Christi USA

Peace Action

People’s Action

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Progressive Democrats of America

Public Citizen

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - Justice Team

Sunrise Movement

The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

Veterans For Peace

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Win Without War

Working Families Party

World BEYOND War

State and Local Organizations:

Broward for Progress, Broward County, Florida

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Washington D.C.

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

Massachusetts Peace Action

Peace Education Center, Lansing, Michigan