The Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013 may come up for a vote in the House of Representatives as early as Tuesday, July 17. The bill includes $519 billion for the basic military budget and $88.5 billion for the Afghanistan war, or 57% of all 2013 federal appropriations, according to the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation http://armscontrolcenter.org/policy/securityspending/articles/fy13_hac/
Several members of Congress, including Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) are expected to offer amendments to cut total spending by anywhere from $1.1 billion to $19 billion.
In addition, Rep. Lee is expected to again offer the amendment she has proposed several times, to limit spending on the Afghanistan war to what is needed for a safe, responsible return home of all U.S. troops and contractors.
Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are expected to propose an amendment barring use of funds past 2014 on any mission not having Congressional approval.
United for Peace and Justice (unitedforpeace.org) is asking people to call their representatives, urging them to vote Yes on amendments to cut spending, and No on the overall bill unless amendments pass to end funds for the Afghanistan war, end use of drones, and eliminate expensive and unneeded weapons systems.
(Based on an alert from the New Priorities Campaign, newprioritiescampaign.org)
Meanwhile, Republicans in the House continue to push for dismantling or major cuts to all sorts of domestic programs caring for human needs at home …