Obama budget request overspends on Pentagon

March 13, 2014 

Obama budget request overspends on Pentagon

I was disturbed to learn that in his budget request of March 4, the Obama administration asked Congress for $80 billion for overseas contingency operations that is in addition to core Pentagon spending of about $500 billion.

This overseas contingency operations account was created to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With those wars over, the account should disappear.

Instead, it seems to be becoming a permanent slush fund that could help the Pentagon get around the effect of budget cuts, a luxury that no other parts of the government have.

I want to encourage people to find out more about the overseas contingency operations fund at fcnl.org/budget and to contact our senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, to ask them not to fund this part of the budget.

Let's re-invest the money we've been spending on war on other priorities, and not provide extra padding for the Pentagon's already well-endowed budget.

Matthew Suddes

Bradenton

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