Congressman Jeffries, You Are Out of Step With Brooklyn!
We want to express our disappointment and frustration about your June vote in favor of the FY 2014 Defense Authorization bill. In addition to authorizing excessive, unjustified expenditures for weapons and war, this legislation contained many provisions that contradict the values and concerns of Brooklyn residents.
With the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill coming to the House floor, we want you to join progressive colleagues and vote NO on this bill. Here in Brooklyn, we are tired of needless wars and wasteful military spending, especially during these times when funds are so desperately needed to assist people in our communities.
In June, 2013, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joined the Republican majority and voted in favor of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill, putting him out of step with Clarke, Velazquez and Nadler, his colleagues in the Brooklyn Congressional delegation. In addition to authorizing excessive, unjustified expenditures for weapons and war, this legislation contained many provisions that contradict the values and concerns of Brooklyn residents.
Apart from the money involved ($625.1 billion), this policy bill mandated deployment of an East Coast missile defense system, acted to block nuclear weapons reduction and rejected closing Guantanamo prison. We believe that unless Congressmen Jeffries receives substantial pressure from constituents, the chances are that he will support the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, when it comes to a vote.
Why does this vote matter?
This bill includes $512.5 billion for the Pentagon base budget, which is $28.1 billion above the sequester limit. It also includes $85.8 billion for Afghanistan. (There are billions more for nuclear weapons in the Energy Appropriations bill).
Why do we care that this is $28.1 billion above the "sequester limit? Because Republican House leadership is attempting to make up that $28.1 billion by cutting discretionary domestic spending which goes to schools, transportation, programs for the elderly, unemployment insurance and other vital social services that meet the needs of our communities. And this $28.1 billion is in addition to the domestic cuts that have already taken place or that are already part of the FY 2014 projected budget.
What else can you do? In addition to signing this petition, please call Congressman Jeffries DC office and urge him to vote NO on the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill. 202-225-5936
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