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In fiscal year 2015, Pentagon and related spending will total $598 billion, accounting for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending. That's roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.

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Bombing Syria vs. Raising Wages: When Do the Rules Apply?

Guest Blogger |

The Biden administration is bending rules to drop bombs but not raise wages. That’s a mistake.

Tackling Prison Profiteers Will Take More Than Banning Private Prisons

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Biden’s order rolling back for-profit prisons is a good first step. Next we need to end for-profit immigration detention.

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Recent Publications

A Ten Percent Pentagon Cut Would Return Us to Obama-Biden Levels

Lindsay Koshgarian

As part of the annual must-pass military spending and policy bill (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, or “NDAA”), progressive lawmakers have put forward a proposal to cut the massive $740 billion Pentagon budget by 10 percent. The amendment is being introduced on the Senate side by Senator Bernie Sanders, joined by Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and on the House side, by Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan.

Ten Better Uses for 10% of the Pentagon Budget

Lindsay Koshgarian

A $74 billion cut is a strong step toward better spending priorities, and could make a tremendous difference in other programs ranging from health care and education to job creation at a time when it is desperately needed.

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