Women of MN Legislature Call for Reduced Military Spending

by Lauren Kelley

Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) received a letter this week signed by more than half of the women in the Minnesota state legislature, urging her to support a reduction in military spending.

Presented on Capitol Hill by Minnesota state Sens. Sandy Pappas and Mary Jo McGuire and state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, the letter:

points out that military spending will comprise about 56 percent of the discretionary budget in the coming year, and that deeper cuts to other areas of the discretionary budget will do little to alleviate the federal deficit and cause catastrophic cuts to the social safety net. It also calls attention to the Pentagon’s lack of budgetary discipline and inability to conduct an audit.

The letter was presented as part of the Women Legislator’s Lobby (WiLL), a "national network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities," organized by Women’s Action for New Directions. Pappas serves as WiLL's vice president.

“It is not acceptable for House Republicans to pass a “millionaires manifesto” that showers millionaires and billionaires with tax breaks and other benefits, and protect billions in oil company subsidies and wasteful Pentagon spending, while abandoning the middle class and local communities,” said Rep. McCollum. “Washington should be a partner for opportunity an economic growth for
our entire country by investing in education, basic research, modern infrastructure and clean energy.”

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