Even as Afghan War Ends, GOP Attempts to Add $25 Billion to Military Budget

Source: Common Dreams

“Just as the United States completed its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday after two decades of war and occupation, House Republicans announced plans to push for a $25 billion increase in annual military spending — a proposal that progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups swiftly rejected. Led by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, the GOP intends to pursue a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment that would add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s $753 billion topline military spending request for Fiscal Year 2022. The House Armed Services panel (which is awash in donations from weapons makers and other major industry players) is expected to begin marking up Biden’s request on Wednesday. ‘Rogers'[s] amendment would dole out $15 billion to address a spate of military unfunded priorities that weren’t included in the Pentagon’s budget request,’ Politico reported Monday.” (08/31/21)