Cuts to the Pentagon budget have been imposed as part of the "sequestration" process. If kept in place, these cuts would total roughly $500 billion over the next 10 years. Tell your members of Congress that at least this level of cuts to the Pentagon should be maintained, and not reversed, as part of any future deal.
Background: On March 1, automatic cuts to many federal agencies took place as a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act. About half of the cuts are to the Pentagon budget, with the other half coming from non-defense discretionary programs. The White House and some Members of Congress have said that they will try to undo these "sequestration" cuts.
If any changes to these cuts are negotiated, it is critical that they at least maintain the level of spending cuts to the Pentagon. Groups from the left to the right have released reports showing how the Pentagon can cut as much as $1 trillion over the next decade. Since 2001 the Pentagon's base budget has nearly doubled. Learn more.
Faith reflection: As Mennonites, we believe that true security is not found in weapons or tanks. No matter how much we spend, we can never be perfectly safe. Security comes instead when resources are shared equitably, people can trust that their basic needs will be met and they know that they can work out differences with one another without turning to violence. Governments can use their resources to promote these basic aims, which cost far less than military hardware.
Action: Send an email today to your members of Congress, asking them to maintain at least the sequestration level of cuts to the Pentagon.
Alert updated March 14, 2013 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director, firstname.lastname@example.org.