The People Over Pentagon Act

It’s time to stop misdirecting hundreds of billions of dollars away from domestic and human needs to pad unnecessary budget lines for endless wars, failed weapons, and the Pentagon’s corporate handouts. Doing so will make our country stronger and more just.

The People Over Pentagon Act (H.R. 8040), led by U.S. House Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) would cut $100 billion from the three-quarters-of-a-trillion dollar Pentagon budget, reducing waste and encouraging lawmakers to spend this funding on the true needs of their constituents instead.

 The $100 billion figure references a 2021 CBO report that demonstrates how this money could be cut from the Pentagon without impacting security. The bill exempts troop pay and the Defense Health Agency. 

Proponents of the bill argue that reallocating $100 billion away from the Pentagon is an essential first step towards realigning our national spending priorities. 

Researchers at the National Priorities Project have noted that $100 billion used elsewhere could pay for: 

The bill text and current cosponsors can be found here.

Organizational supporters of the People Over Pentagon Act are listed below. If you would like to endorse the bill, click here. If you have other questions or comments for People Over Pentagon organizers, please use the contact form here.

National

American Friends Service Committee
American Humanist Association
Coalition on Human Needs
CODEPINK
Common Defense
Community Peacemaker Teams
Demand Progress Action
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Friends of the Earth US
Friends of Latin America
Global Zero
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Greenpeace USA
Institute for Policy Studies, National Priorities Project
Justice Is Global
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
MoveOn
MPower Change Action Fund
National Council of Churches
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
NuclearBan.us
Pax Christi USA
Peace Action
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Project on Government Oversight
Public Citizen
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas -Justice Team
Sunrise Movement
United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries
Veterans for Peace
Win Without War
Women Cross DMZ
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US

State and Local

Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace
BYM Working Group on U.S. Militarism and War
InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia
Maryland Peace Action
Peace, Justice, SustainabilityNOW!
Prevent Nuclear War – MD