WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee voted on an amendment to increase the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act by an additional $23.9 billion:

“The House Armed Services Committee’s vote to increase NDAA spending by an additional $23.9 billion over an already record high level was unwarranted and unnecessary, jeopardizing NDAA’s passage in the full House. The United States has real threats here at home – we should be reducing defense spending and redirecting and reinvesting it to fight COVID-19, climate change, and help strengthen our cyber security systems. This bloated budget is already significantly more than what the President requested, and I will not stand for it. Increasing the Pentagon’s budget to help pay for the second homes of defense contractors is not the way to solve America’s most pressing security threats.”

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