House votes $606 Billion for Military Spending:
Pentagon Spending Threatens Our National Security!
Brooklyn Reps Vote NO!
Senate votes next: Call our Senators!

The House of Representatives has once again sacrificed domestic security in the service of unnecessary wars and the profits of defense contractors.

The House spentjust 1 hour debating another year of disastrous war in Afghanistan!

Read this article by Carolyn Eisenberg to learn more.

The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 5856), which includes $519 billion for the Pentagon’s base budget and $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan, passed in the House of Representatives on July 19 with 90 opposing votes. (326 in favor, 90 opposed, 15 not voting.)

Four Brooklyn Congressional Representatives (Clarke, Nadler, Towns, and Velazquez) were among those voting NO. The same 4 also voted in favor of the amendment introduced by Barbara Lee, which would have required the safe and responsible withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan. If Clarke, Nadler, Towns, or Velazquez represents you, please call to thank them for their vote. Your call is imporant: we can’t take our elected officials for granted!

The military expenditures proposed in this Appropriations Bill represent 57% of all federal appropriations for the coming year. Meanwhile, the House plans to cut billions from food stamp and school lunch programs, among other vitally needed social programs. See more detailed account by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

The budget process now goes to the Senate.
Call Congress! Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Let our Senators Gillibrand and Schumer know that you oppose the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill (for the Pentagon budget.)
Any budget should eliminate funding for continued fighting in Afghanistan, also eliminate the use of drones, and cut out expensive and unnecessary weapons systems.

Use the money which is saved to adequately fund domestic programs that affect all of us, espcially the most vulnerable: food stamps, school lunches, health insurance for low income children, “Meals-on Wheels” for the elderly.

Please circulate this message widely to family and friends.
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