Peters and Stabenow vote with majority of Senate to approve $716 Billion Military Budget

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Monday, the US Senate voted in favor of adopting the National Defense Authorization Act,  by a margin of 85 – 10

The vote adopts $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs.

If adopted by the House, the 2019 Budget for US militarism would be an increase of roughly $82 billion from last years defense budget.

Both Michigan Senators voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act. As member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Gary Peters released a statement on why he voted for the military budget, stating: 

“At a time when our nation faces new and wide-ranging security threats, it is critical that our brave men and women in uniform have the support, tools and technologies necessary to complete their mission safely and effectively, Michigan is conducting groundbreaking research…

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