Pentagon Spending Set to Hit Near-Record Levels, But “Establishment Says We Can’t Afford” Progressive Policies

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"We are spending way, way, way, way too much money on the Pentagon," tweeted the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Photo: AP)

Pentagon spending is on track to grow significantly for the fifth consecutive year, but “very few in Congress are questioning” how the U.S. can afford it.

That’s according to the Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein and Aaron Gregg, who reportedThursday that “the United States is expected to spend more on its military in 2020 than at any point since World War II, except for a handful of years at the height of the Iraq War.”

“We are spending way, way, way, way too much money on the Pentagon.”
—Congressional Progressive Caucus

In his 2020 budget request, Trump called for $750 billion in Pentagon spending. Democrats countered with a $733 billion offer, which would still represent a substantial increase over the Pentagon’s 2019 budget.

Either number would bring U.S. military spending to “near-historic highs,” according to the Post.

“Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office projected the United States would spend more than $7 trillion on defense over the next decade,” the Post reported, “which is in line with both the White House’s and House Democrats’ budget plans.”

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