The People Over the Pentagon Act of 2023 is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would reduce the amount authorized to be appropriated for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2023 by one hundred billion dollars.
First introduced into Congress by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), it has 13 co-sponsors as of March 2023. The bill has not been introduced in the Senate yet. Please ask your Senators to introduce it now. And ask your Representative to co-sponsor the bill.
Bill purpose: This bill would affirm the desire of the American people to reprioritize our financial resources to build a budget that works for people like you and me instead of weapons contractors or war-hawks. By the end of this decade the annual Pentagon budget could be as high as a trillion dollars. This bill would cut the Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2024 by one hundred billion dollars ($100,000,000,000).
Application of the funding cuts: The Department of Defense shall take into consideration the findings and recommendations contained in the Congressional Budget Office report entitled "Illustrative Options for National Defense Under a Smaller Defense Budget," dated October 2021.
Funding cuts will not apply to: The Defense Health Program, each military personnel account and each account providing for pay and benefits for persons appointed into the civil services should be funded at the level provided for in fiscal year 2024.