|America's independent, non-partisan advocate for overburdened taxpayers.||Home | Donate | RSS | Log in|
NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on the following Amendments to H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013.
July 19, 2012
As the House considers H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013, NTU urges all Representatives to vote to reduce our unmanageable deficit by tackling Pentagon inflated spending.
Defense expenditures are at historically high levels even as there are fewer draws on the Treasury to fund war operations overseas and we face unprecedented fiscal challenges at home. As it stands, H.R. 5856 appropriates $3.1 billion more than was even requested by military leaders. This is not the sort of aggressive effort to root out waste that taxpayers expected after the last election.
Any Member that is serious about fiscal responsibility should strongly support addressing inefficient, unnecessary, and duplicative defense programs. In 2011, NTU crossed ideological lines to join with the U.S. Public Interest Research group to submit deficit reduction recommendations to the Supercommittee and identified nearly $450 billion in outdated and wasteful military outlays. To that end, we urge you to support the following amendments:
NTU is calling on Representatives to publicly support fundamentally reforming the Pentagon. Roll call votes on the aforementioned amendments and any others that trim spending or enact structural reforms will be included in our annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at 703-683-5700