As a person of faith, a constituent, and a member of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, I support a faithful budget. Congress should equitably fund Pentagon and non-defense spending and keep them together in the same bill. Do not divide them in the name of homeland security — true security demands caring for the people in our nation through domestic programs.
In 2011, Republicans and Democrats committed to protecting non-defense spending when they agreed to increase domestic spending if they wanted to increase spending on military programs too. I have heard that Republican leadership in the House is now considering sending partisan legislation to the Senate that splits defense and non-defense discretionary spending. This would result in funding cuts to domestic programs such as homeland security, veterans, agriculture and health care programs.
I am asking you to oppose any partisan legislation that increases Pentagon spending at the expense of national safety net programs. Dividing Pentagon and non-defense spending will only ruin the financial security of Americans.