Putting the Pentagon’s Wasteful Spending into Perspective

I want to address you today to talk about a report you may have read or heard about this week.

The Washington Post found that the Pentagon covered up a 2015 study that they commissioned themselves which shows so much wasteful spending in operations that they could be saving $125 billion over five years. That is absolutely unacceptable.

This has nothing to do with to the brave and courageous service men and women who do a great job protecting our country and our freedom around the world.

This is about money that we could use to fund our war spending and drive down costs at Pentagon without affecting any existing programs.

To put all of this in other terms:

  • $125 billion over five years would fund nearly half of all mandatory transportation spending in the same amount of time.
  • That same amount of money would fund the entire education budget next year, and we’d still have money left over.
  • We hear a lot these days about our failing infrastructure. You might even have failing roads and bridges in your neighborhood. $125 billion over five years is three times the money needed annually to fix our broken bridges.
  • You may have heard about the Vice-President’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to cure cancer. This excess money would fund Cancer Moonshot almost 70 times.
  • $125 billion would fund Head Start programs more than 12 times.
  • It would also fund all mandatory spending for the VA next year and would still leave us with nearly $25 billion leftover.
  • That is why I’m introducing a bill today that will declassify this study and implement the suggested ways to cut excess spending at the Department of Defense.

Government is supposed to work for you. It’s our duty in Congress to make sure taxpayer money is being spent wisely and wasteful spending is being cut.

This study needs to be declassified, and that money needs to be used for the taxpayers like you to drive down our debt and deficit.
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