Resistbot Petition: Pass the BBB Before the NDAA, and fix what's wrong in the latter!
An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Pass the BBB Before the NDAA, and fix what's wrong in the latter!

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I oppose the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as it currently stands and I ask you to also oppose it until it is substantially reworked. In the 21st century, we need to expand our concept of “defense” beyond just defending against armed human enemies, predator nations, and fanatic terrorists. A 21st century Defense Bill has to include defending us (and the world) from dangers such as climate catastrophes and global pandemics that are actually killing us, destroying our environment, and crippling our economy.  The NDAA provides large sums to protect military bases from the fire, flood, drought, storm, and rising sea-level consequences of global warming. Yet it does nothing to protect the American people by addressing the root causes of the climate emergency, such as reducing the Pentagon's use of fossil fuels, or redirecting defense research dollars towards alternative energy sources, or reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Nor does it include funds or programs for combating the Covid health emergency or preparing us for the next global pandemic.   I am dismayed by the blatant hypocrisy of Republicans and some Democrats. They complain about the BBBA’s fully-covered costs of investing in the American people and demand ever more cuts. Yet they eagerly vote for a bloated Defense Bill that is greater than the Pentagon even asked for, that is loaded with political pork, boondoggles, and corporate welfare, and that increases the national deficit they claim they are so concerned about. Unacceptable. Pass the Build Back Better Act now, then trim the NDAA, re-focus it, and get it done after. Thanks.

▶ First sent on December 1, 2021 by Jessica

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