Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
June 15, 2020 - Download PDF Version
Despite 100,000 U.S. deaths and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Congress has yet to fully fund a response to the health and economic crises spurred by COVID-19. It’s not for lack of resources. Congress allocates hundreds of billions of dollars to the Pentagon and militarized policing and immigration systems in the name of security, while underinvesting in priorities like health care, medical research and poverty programs that could keep us safe during this crisis.
What We Needed: A full COVID testing program could cost $50 billion to $300 billion over two years – or, $25 billion to $150 billion per year.
What We Got: $25 billion per year is about 3%, or 12 days, of the Pentagon’s annual budget, while $150 billion per year is less than the U.S. spent each year on war at the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
What We Needed: Experts called for a stockpile of 3.5 billion masks for a pandemic. (The feds have distributed only 11.7 million, less than 1% of what’s needed.) At a cost of $0.64 - $3.40 per mask with a five-year shelf life, that’s $448 million to $2.38 billion each year to maintain the stockpile.
What We Needed: At least $3 billion is needed for the initial creation and manufacture of adequate quantities of vaccine.
What We Got: $4.9 billion in military aid to Afghanistan in 2018
What We Needed: The average cost to care for a hospitalized COVID-19 patient is $30,000.
What We Got: $60,000 per hour for every flyover by the Blue Angels.
What We Got: Trump’s Space Force at $15 billion for the first year