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.
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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.