Why does Congress a lot so much money to the Pentagon rather than more pressing needs?

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Congress fights over money for child care — but never questions billions for war


President Biden and the Democratic Congress are facing a crisis as the popular domestic agenda they ran on in the 2020 election is held hostage by two corporate Democratic senators, fossil-fuel consigliere Joe Manchin and payday-lender favorite Kyrsten Sinema. But the very week before the Dems' $350 billion-per-year domestic package hit this wall of corporate moneybags, all but 38 House Democrats voted to hand over more than double that amount to the Pentagon. Manchin has hypocritically described the domestic spending bill as "fiscal insanity," but has voted for a much larger Pentagon budget every year since 2016.

Real fiscal insanity is what Congress does year after year, taking most of its discretionary spending off the table and handing it over to the Pentagon before even considering the country's urgent domestic needs. Maintaining this pattern, Congress just splashed out $12 billion for 85 more F-35 warplanes, six more than Donald Trump bought last year, without debating the relative merits of buying more expensive military planes versus investing $12 billion in education, health care, clean energy or fighting poverty.

The 2022 military spending bill, known as the NDAA or National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on Sept. 23 would hand a whopping $740 billion to the Pentagon and $38 billion to other departments (mainly the Department of Energy for nuclear weapons), for a total of $778 billion in military spending, a $37 billion increase over this year's military budget. The Senate will soon debate its version of this bill — but don't expect much of a debate there either, as most senators are "yes men" when it comes to feeding the war machine.

Isn't there more important things to spend money in at this point in history?
Why does Congress a lot so much money to the Pentagon rather than more pressing needs?
Why does Congress a lot so much money to the Pentagon rather than more pressing needs?
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