Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Jan. 7, 2020
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Strategy Summit in October 2019 featured ten progressive thinkers, leaders, and activists who presented on their next Big Idea for innovative policy that makes a real difference in people's lives.
NPP's Ashik Siddique addressed the summit to explain how we can safely shift as much as $350 billion per year away from the Pentagon by ending the endless wars, closing 60% of foreign bases, cutting unnecessary weapons, and much more.
Watch Ashik's pitch below, and see the rest of the 10 Big Ideas here.
We spend too much on the military - more than the next seven biggest spenders combined, and more than 140 other countries altogether. The Pentagon’s budget is more than half of what Congress allocates every year - it dwarfs all discretionary non-military spending, including public programs that meet human needs.
The National Priorities Project is proposing a budget for demilitarization that could safely shift as much as $350 billion per year away from the Pentagon by ending the endless wars, closing 60% of foreign bases, cutting unnecessary weapons, and much more. This would make the whole world safer, begin unravelling the U.S.'s role in long-term unrest in the Middle East and other places, and it would also help fund our big progressive ideas.